Friday, May 14, 2021

Beech A36 Bonanza, N1875W: Accident occurred May 14, 2021 in Pinckneyville, Perry County, Illinois

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Springfield, Illinois 

JL Aviation LLC

Location: Pinckneyville, IL
Accident Number: CEN21LA221
Date & Time: May 14, 2021, 15:00 Local
Registration: N1875W
Aircraft: Beech A36 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On May 14, 2021, at 1500 central daylight time, a Beech A36, N1875W, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Pinckneyville, Illinois. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, while at an altitude of 8,000 ft mean sea level, he noticed the engine oil pressure began to fluctuate. The pilot contacted air traffic control and requested to divert to the nearest airport, which was the Pinckneyville-Du Quoin Airport. Shortly thereafter, the engine began to shake and lost total power. Unable to make the airport, the pilot executed a forced landing to a field. During the forced landing, the airplane’s nose wheel landing gear impacted a ditch. The nose landing gear collapsed, and the airplane came to rest upright.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and fuselage. Visual examination of the engine revealed a hole in the engine crankcase.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech 
Registration: N1875W
Model/Series: A36 Aircraft
Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSAR,538 ft msl
Observation Time: 15:07 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C /2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 160°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.29 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Logansport, IN (GGP)
Destination: Melbourne, AR (42A)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:38.076674,-89.402136 (est)

An investigation is underway after an aircraft made an emergency landing in the area of Illinois Route 127 and Purple Martin Road in Pinckneyville, according to Illinois State Police.

Preliminary investigative details indicate ISP District 13 Troopers responded to an aircraft crash at 3:37 p.m. on Friday.

A single-engine 1973 Bonanza A36 aircraft made an emergency landing in an open field after experiencing mechanical issues.

There was minor damage to the aircraft.

The pilot and a passenger refused medical treatment at the scene. 

The ISP District 13, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are continuing the investigation. 

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