Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Ryan Navion A, N5042K: Accident occurred February 20, 2022 in Livingston, Madison County, Illinois

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; Saint Ann, Missouri


Location: Livingston, Illinois
Accident Number: CEN22LA128
Date and Time: February 20, 2022, 11:15 Local 
Registration: N5042K
Aircraft: Ryan L17
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On February 20, 2022, about 1115 central daylight time, a Ryan L-17B airplane, N5042K, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Livingston, Illinois. The private pilot, the flight instructor, and the passenger sustained no injury. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 training flight.

The pilot reported the purpose of the flight was to practice various flight maneuvers. The airplane departed at 0943, the training was successfully performed, and was enroute back to the departure airport. About halfway back to the airport, the pilot noticed the engine was “running rough.” The pilot proceeded to lean the mixture to correct the problem, and he then noticed that the manifold pressure/fuel flow gauge was “pegged.” The pilot continued to lean the mixture, he adjusted the throttle, and no response was received from his inputs. The airplane began to lose altitude and the pilot performed a forced landing to a flat muddy field. During the rollout, the nose wheel turned left in the mud, the airplane spun around, both wings and the propeller impacted the ground, and the airplane came to rest upright. The three occupants were able to egress from the airplane without further incident.

The flight instructor, who is also a mechanic, reported that when the engine was “running rough,” he tried to lean the mixture with no response. He also observed that the manifold pressure/fuel flow gauge indicated that the fuel flow needle had advanced passed the red line into the manifold pressure side of the gauge. He additionally reported that the throttle had no response and he assumed that the fuel control unit had a mechanical issue.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings. The airplane is pending recovery from the field for a future examination of the airframe and the Continental Motors IO-520Bengine. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Ryan 
Registration: N5042K
Model/Series: L17 B 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KALN, 543 ft msl
Observation Time: 11:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C /0°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 22 knots / 27 knots, 190°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Bethalto, IL (ALN) 
Destination: Livingston, IL

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 38.970508,-89.768832 (est)

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