Sunday, June 20, 2021

Bellanca 8KCAB Decathlon, N1182E: Accident occurred June 17, 2021 at Argyle Airport (1C3), Washington County, New York

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; Albany, New York

Location: ARGYLE, NY 
Accident Number: ERA21LA260
Date & Time: June 17, 2021, 11:15 Local 
Registration: N1182E
Aircraft: Bellanca 8KCAB 
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bellanca 
Registration: N1182E
Model/Series: 8KCAB
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file 
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: GFL,321 ft msl 
Observation Time: 11:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C /9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 7500 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 70°
Lowest Ceiling: Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: ARGYLE, NY
Destination: ARGYLE, NY

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 43.254528,-73.470194 

ARGYLE — A Salem man was injured when his plane crashed at Argyle Airport on Thursday morning.

The accident happened just after 11 a.m. at the private airport off Route 40.

Washington County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene and found a Bellanca 8KCAB Decathlon plane that had crashed.

David L. Klingebiel, 80, of Bunker Hill Road, was the only occupant in the plane.

He was removed from the plane and transported by LifeNet helicopter to Albany Medical Center with head, chest and leg injuries, police said.

The plane landed on its roof, according to police radio transmissions.

Police turned over the scene to the Federal Aviation Administration. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The Fort Edward and Argyle fire departments, Argyle EMS and the Washington County Department of Public Safety also responded to the crash scene.

The airport has seen a few crashes over the years.

A 1958 Cessna Skyhawk 172, carrying two people, crashed in a field just off the runway on Oct. 8, 2016. The pilot had come in at too slow a speed, according to a Post-Star story. The plane struck a tree and flipped over. Both the pilot and passenger suffered minor injuries.

A 1979 Beechcraft Bonanza crashed on Jan. 27, 2010. The pilot was coming in for a landing and tried to avoid ice by heading back into the air. However, the plane did not take flight but smashed through a fence, ending up in a horse pasture just beyond the end of the runway. The man was not hurt.

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