Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Aeronca 11AC Chief, N9588E: Accident occurred March 16, 2022 in Harveysburg, Warren 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; Cincinnati, Ohio

Location: Harveysburg, Ohio
Accident Number: ERA22LA157
Date and Time: March 16, 2022, 15:56 Local
Registration: N9588E
Aircraft: Aeronca 11AC
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On March 16, 2020, about 1556 eastern daylight time, an Aeronca 11AC, N9588E, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Harveysburg, Ohio. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

According to the instructor, prior to the flight he met with his new student at his hangar at Warren County Airport / John Lane Field (I68), Lebanon, Ohio. They spoke briefly about what they wanted to accomplish for the instructional flight, mostly aircraft familiarization and basic control coordination skills. They conducted a preflight inspection of the airplane and added about 10 gallons of automotive fuel from a jerry can, to bring the total fuel on board to about 14 gallons. Following a successful run-up, they proceeded to runway 19 and departed at about 1500.

After the airplane was climbed to 3,000 ft, the instructor began to give instruction in basic flight maneuvers including shallow coordinated turns. After several maneuvers they had descended to 2,500 ft. They then flew straight and level as they entered the class E airspace around and above Caesars Creek Lake. While they were over the center of the lake, at about 2,400 ft with the engine running at 2,100 rpm, the engine suffered a “severe loss of power.” The instructor immediately took the controls while trying to diagnose the problem. After the power loss he quickly pitched for 55-60 MPH, the published best glide speed. He observed the oil temperature and pressure gauges to be normal just prior to and after the power loss. The fuel quantity gauge was still indicating “F” (Full).

The instructor attempted to restore power by moving the throttle in and out, but engine power was only regained for one or two seconds and then lost once again. He then applied carburetor heat to no avail, and the propeller continued to windmill under no power. He quickly observed that their glidepath would not permit them to fly beyond the high, dense tree line surrounding the lake in any direction. Thus, he elected to pitch down and fly as close to the bank as possible without impacting the tree line with the airplane’s right wingtip.

As they were gliding only a few feet over the water, the instructor bled off all excess airspeed gained in the descent. Once they were at a minimum controllable airspeed, he pulled back on the stick in hopes of dragging the tailwheel through the water to reduce the forward momentum. As the main wheels impacted the water the airplane nosed over and stopped, resting on the leading edge of the wing, windscreen, propeller, and spinner.

Examination of the airplane revealed that during the accident sequence, the aft fuselage had been twisted, the top of the vertical stabilizer and rudder had been crushed. The propeller spinner and nose bowl were impact damaged, and the right lower corner of the fire wall was bent. The left wingtip displayed crush and compression damage. The outer right wing was twisted, and compression damage
was visible on the aft portion of the right wing at the wing root.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Aeronca
Registration: N9588E
Model/Series: 11AC
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: KMGY,953 ft msl 
Observation Time: 15:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C /2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 130°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lebanon, OH (I68) 
Destination: Harveysburg, OH

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 39.510981,-83.994678 (est)

Aircraft departed and crashed in Caesar's Creek due to a rough running engine.

Date: 16-MAR-22
Time: 19:56:00Z
Regis#: N9588E
Aircraft Make: AERONCA
Aircraft Model: 11AC
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
State: OHIO


WAYNESVILLE, Ohio — Two people were rescued after a plane crashed into a Warren County lake Wednesday afternoon.

Investigators with Ohio State Highway Patrol said the engine of a small aircraft failed as it crossed Caesar Creek Lake. The pilot tried to set it down as close as it could to the bank. Though it flipped over on the water, both people inside were able to get out safely.

"I would have to give great thanks to my instructors, my support and my mentors along the path," pilot Ryan Pennington said. "As an instructor myself, I try to provide a good example to my students — always make good decisions, make quick decisions when things are going right and when things don't go as expected."

Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.


WAYNESVILLE, Ohio (WKRC) - Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating after a small plane crashed into a local lake Wednesday.

The incident happened at Caesar Creek. The 1946 plane was carrying a flight  instructor and student pilot  when the engine failed.

The plane landed in the water about 40 feet offshore.

Both the student and instructor made it out of the plane safely and were not injured.

Ohio State Highway Patrol is looking into what caused the plane to crash and working to recover the plane from the water.

Pilot Ryan Pennington told Local 12 he has only had the plane for a few months and now he fears it’ll never fly again.

HARVEYSBURG, Warren County — State troopers are investigating a plane crash near Caesar Creek State Park off Harveysburg Road Wednesday afternoon.

The crash was reported just before 4 p.m. and involves a single-engine plane, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Troopers shared a photo of the plane, which shows it upside down in the lake

Troopers said there were two people onboard and there were no injuries.

The airplane involved in the crash is a 1946 Aeronca 11AC fixed-wing single-engine plane, according to FAA records.

The pilot of the plane told News Center 7 on scene that engine failure led to the crash.

WARREN COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - Two men are okay after a plane crashed into Caesar Creek Lake in Warren County, according to the Ohio State High Patrol Lebanon Post.

The plane went down around 4 p.m. Wednesday, OSHP said.

OSHP said the plane crashed in the lake just north of SR-73.

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