Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Boeing B75N1, N777JG: Accident occurred June 13, 2021 in Elwood, Gosper County, Nebraska

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; Lincoln, Nebraska

Location: Elwood, NE
Accident Number: CEN21LA264
Date & Time: June 13, 2021, 13:30 Local 
Registration: N777JG
Aircraft: Boeing B75N1 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On June 13, 2021, about 1330 central daylight time, a Boeing B75N1 Stearman airplane, N777JG, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Elwood, Nebraska. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that he had been flying for about 2 hours with no issues. While in cruise flight about 1,000 ft above ground level, he experienced a “loud bang” and the engine started shaking. He moved the throttle to idle; however, the shaking seemed to get worse. He applied full throttle and the shaking smoothed out. The pilot attempted to divert to a grass airstrip but was unable to maintain
altitude. He executed a forced landing to a corn field about 1/2-mile from the airstrip. The landing gear dug into the soft dirt and the airplane nosed over. The wings were substantially damaged.

A postaccident engine examination is planned.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Boeing 
Registration: N777JG
Model/Series: B75N1
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: LXN,2413 ft msl
Observation Time: 13:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0.5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C /17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 190°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Kearney, NE (EAR)
Destination: Cozad, NE (CZD)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 40.70839,-99.83443 (est)

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