Wednesday, May 04, 2022

Van's RV-6A, N5060: Accident occurred May 03, 2022 at Mankato Regional Airport (KMKT), Blue Earth County, Minnesota

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; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Location: Mankato, Minnesota
Accident Number: CEN22LA191
Date and Time: May 3, 2022, 19:48 Local
Registration: N5060
Aircraft: Vans RV6A 
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On May 3, 2022, about 1948 central daylight time, a Vans RV-6A, N5060, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Mankato, Minnesota. The pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that he entered downwind for a left traffic pattern for runway 15. As the airplane crossed the runway threshold the pilot reduced power to idle, and shortly thereafter, the main landing gear touched down onto the runway surface. The airplane slowed, and as the nosewheel touched down the airplane abruptly lurched to the side. The airplane exited the runway surface, struck a berm,
temporarily lifted off the ground, and came to rest nose down. The firewall, left wing, and rudder sustained substantial damage.

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

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Vans 
Registration: N5060
Model/Series: RV6A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: KMKT,1021 ft msl
Observation Time: 19:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C /4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 170°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Le Sueur, MN (K12Y)
Destination: Mankato, MN

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: 44.2227,-93.9193 (est)

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances. 

Date: 04-MAY-22
Time: 00:48:00Z
Regis#: N5060
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV6
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

MANKATO, Minnesota — The pilot and sole occupant of a plane that crashed at the Mankato Regional Airport Tuesday night suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Authorities said the man is 78 years old and the crash happened as he was approaching the runway at 7:48 p.m. He was transported to the Mankato hospital.

The experimental, amateur built Van's RV-6A is based out of the Mankato airport and was not a North Star Aviation plane. North Star provides the planes for students training to be pilots through the Minnesota State University aviation program. 

The Federal Aviation Administration online incident-notification site listed the Van's RV-6A, as "destroyed." The registration number in the notification lists the plane as being owned by Michael D. Boyce II of Bumpass, Virginia, with Melanie V. Lucero as a co-owner. Based on his age, Boyce does not appear to be the pilot involved in Tuesday's crash.

The plane remained in a field adjacent to the runway as federal officials, who were on site by Wednesday afternoon, began their investigation. 

"The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate," the FAA said in a statement. "The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation and will provide additional updates."

The plane came to a stop far enough off of the runway that the airport was allowed to resume operations even before investigators arrived.

MSU students who were in the air at the time of the crash and were initially diverted to airports in Waseca and New Ulm were able to fly back to Mankato later Tuesday night.

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