Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Spacek SD-1 Minisport, N72DX: Accident occurred June 23, 2021 at Freeman Swank Farms Airport (0OH5), Butler, Richland County, Ohio

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; Cleveland, Ohio

Location: Butler, Ohio
Accident Number: CEN21LA288
Date and Time: June 23, 2021, 10:15 Local 
Registration: N72DX
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On June 23, 2021, at 1015 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built SD-1 Minisport airplane, N72DX, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at the Freeman Swank Farms Airport (0OH5), Butler, Ohio. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that the private airport was equipped with one turf runway, which was orientated along 13/31 magnetic. A line of trees paralleled the runway on the southwest side, and a cornfield was on the northeast side. Right before takeoff, the windsock indicated a westerly crosswind from over the tree line, therefore, he went to the end of runway 31 and added full power. The airplane lifted off the ground, but it would not climb more than about 10 ft. It drifted over the adjacent cornfield but would still not climb. He leveled the airplane; it descended into the corn and slid to a stop. The airplane’s leftwing spar was substantially damaged.

The pilot further reported that the airplane normally climbs very easily and quickly. It may have been experiencing a reduction of engine power, but he was unable to check the RPM gauge during the accident sequence.

The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: VINING JOHN K
Registration: N72DX
Model/Series: SD-1 MINISPORT
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KMFD,1290 ft msl 
Observation Time: 10:52 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C /7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 220°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.21 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Butler, OH 
Destination: Mount Vernon, OH (4I3)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 40.59683,-82.43173 (est)

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