Thursday, July 01, 2021

Aeronca 15AC Sedan, N1175H: Accident occurred June 30, 2021 at Hastings Airport (9D9), Barry County, Michigan

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; Grand Rapids, Michigan Location: Hastings, MI
Accident Number: CEN21LA303
Date & Time: June 30, 2021, 18:03 Local 
Registration: N1175H
Aircraft: Aeronca 15AC 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On June 30, 2021, about 1803 eastern daylight time, an Aeronca 15AC airplane, N1175H, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near the Hastings Airport (9D9), Hastings, Michigan. The pilot and flight instructor were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

The pilot reported that about 45 minutes into the flight, the engine lost power following a practice goaround while conducting pattern work. After the loss of power, the flight instructor took control of the airplane and executed a forced landing to a grass area on airport property. During the landing, the airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted.

The airframe sustained substantial damage to the left wing, left wing strut, and rudder.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Aeronca
Registration: N1175H
Model/Series: 15AC 
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: GRR,794 ft msl 
Observation Time: 17:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C /18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4400 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / , 270°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Hastings, MI (9D9) 
Destination: Hastings, MI

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 42.66739,-85.35251

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