Saturday, July 24, 2021

Aerodynamic Stall / Spin: Cessna 150H, Unregistered; accident occurred June 10, 2021 in Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Muncie, Indiana
Accident Number: CEN21LA262
Date & Time: June 10, 2021, 20:28 Local 
Registration: UNREGISTERED 
Aircraft: Cessna 150H 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Aerodynamic stall/spin
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


A pilot-rated witness reported that the non-certificated pilot shortly after taking off from a 1,200 ft private grass airstrip, was starting a turn to the north to avoid trees when the airplane “stalled, fell sideways from the sky”, and impacted the ground left wing first, followed by the airplane’s nose and then the right wing. The witness said that the airplane appeared underpowered for the hot and humid weather conditions. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings. A post-accident examination by the Federal Aviation Administration revealed no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. The density altitude at the time of the accident was 3,314 ft. The airstrip elevation was 937 ft.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The non-certificated pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control on departure in high density altitude conditions which resulted in an aerodynamic stall.


Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Aircraft Angle of attack - Capability exceeded
Aircraft Airspeed - Not attained/maintained
Personnel issues Qualification/certification - Pilot
Environmental issues High density altitude - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Takeoff Aerodynamic stall/spin (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: None 
Age: 81,Male
Airplane Rating(s): None 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present:
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: None 
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 130 hours (Total, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: UNREGISTERED
Model/Series: 150H 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1968 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 15068432
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle 
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: Unknown 
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
Engine Model/Series: O-200
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power:
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMIE,937 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 19:53 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 18°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 90° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 29.86 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 18°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Muncie, IN
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Private PVT Runway
Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 937 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: East 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 1200 ft / 0 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: None

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: 40.127503,-85.438765

MUNCIE, Indiana — A longtime local pilot escaped serious injury Thursday evening when his plane crashed on Muncie's south side.

The crash — in a field near the 5600 block of South Meeker Avenue, south of the Muncie Bypass — was reported to emergency dispatchers at 8:30 p.m.

Authorities said the accident involved a single-engine aircraft occupied only by its pilot, Calvin "Buddy" Carroll.

Carroll, 81, was in contact with emergency dispatchers after the crash and had avoided life-threatening injuries, according to reports.

The Muncie businessman has an airstrip at his rural Muncie home.

Indiana State Police joined Delaware County sheriff's deputies at the scene Thursday night.

Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration were expected to arrive in Muncie on Friday.

Calvin “Buddy” Carroll

Buddy's Place, a bar on Muncie's southside at 3101 S. Madison St., was raided by drug task force agents Wednesday morning. Two other locations were also raided, owner Buddy Carroll's home and the Buddy Carroll Auto Sales lot on Fuson Road. Crime scenes were established at each site. 

June 30, 2017

MUNCIE, Indiana  – Local businessman Calvin “Buddy” Carroll — arrested Wednesday after being accused of selling drugs at his southside car lot — had been a target of police investigations for as long as 15 years, court documents reflect.

Carroll, 77, of the 6200 block of South Delaware County Road 300-W, was preliminarily charged with two counts of dealing in a controlled substance, and single counts of possession of a controlled substance and maintaining a common nuisance.

He was released from the Delaware County jail after posting a $75,000 bond.

He is accused of twice selling suboxone, a controlled substance prescribed to patients addicted to opioids, to informants, according to an affidavit.

City police say the two drug deals took place this month at one of Carroll’s southside Muncie businesses, Carroll's Auto Sales and Services, 880 W. Fuson Road.

Carroll was arrested shortly before 10 a.m. Wednesday in a traffic stop near his home. City police — including members of the department’s narcotics unit — served search warrants at his home and auto lot, and at a tavern owned by Carroll: Buddy’s Place, 3101 S. Madison St.

The affidavit indicated that during an interview with police, Carroll “admitted to selling suboxone on three separate occasions.”

Several strips of the drug were found in the main office of Carroll’s auto business, the report said.

In a request for a search warrant — authorized Tuesday night by Delaware Circuit Court 4 Judge John Feick — investigators reported a probe of Carroll’s activities dated back to 2002-03, when “members of the Muncie/Delaware County Drug Task Force made several attempts to purchase cocaine from Buddy Carroll.”

“During each attempt, Carroll offered to give the informants cocaine in exchange for sex,” an officer wrote, resulting in those transactions not being completed. No related charges were filed.

That document also says “several confidential informants” had more recently told police Carroll was selling suboxone and marijuana.

It also said informants claimed marijuana was flown into Delaware County on Carroll’s private plane. The businessman has a grass air strip at his rural home.

The preliminary charges lodged Wednesday did not refer to marijuana sales.

The warrant document also described members of the narcotics unit following Carroll — in one instance to his home — after the alleged drug transactions at his auto business.


  1. 81-years old. No medical certificate.

    You just fly anyway. Don’t let anyone tell you what to do. And don’t you worry about following any rules. If you crash and kill someone on the ground? That’s their problem.

  2. 81, no ticket, no medical, short runway and high DA with trees on the departure end... what could possibly go wrong?

  3. It always was a good idea at the time.

  4. This guy's old, but that's not the problem. The problem is that he’s not a strict rule follower.

  5. The worst part about this is the poor defenseless C150 will fly no more.

  6. Well, the guy has led an 'interesting' life.

  7. This a far more serious offense than it looks from afar. Stupidity quotient is high on this; confirmed as high, and relevant.

  8. looks like Einstein but no genius

  9. 1st commenter anon, you are referring to Obama drone striking that wedding party in Pakistan are you not?

  10. AH's like this should really be made an example of by the FAA.

  11. Cruelty against a plane shall be severely punished...