Monday, August 29, 2022

Boeing B75N1 (N2S-3) Kaydet, N66417: Accident occurred August 24, 2022 at Dacy Airport (0C0), Harvard, McHenry 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.

Investigator In Charge (IIC): Otterstrom, Kevin

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:
Dennis Simms; Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; DuPage, Illinois
Jonathon M. Giam; Air Traffic Control

Location: Harvard, Illinois
Accident Number: CEN22LA393
Date and Time: August 24, 2022, 14:30 Local
Registration: N66417
Aircraft: Boeing (Stearman) B75N1
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Boeing (Stearman) 
Registration: N66417
Model/Series: B75N1 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: 
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 21.1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Harvard , IL (OCO) 
Destination: Harvard, IL

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 42.24,-88.37 (est)

Aircraft drifted right and nosed over into field on landing. 

Date: 24-AUG-22
Time: 19:30:00Z
Regis#: N66417
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: B75N1
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

A pilot was uninjured after his plane rolled over during a crash at an airport near Harvard that left the plane with “substantial” damage, officials said.

The incident happened around 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told Lake and McHenry County Scanner.

A Boeing B75N1 (N2S-3) Kaydet was attempting to land at Dacy Airport, 22207 Airport Road in unincorporated Harvard.

The plane drifted right and nosed over into a field after landing, the spokesperson said.

The pilot was the only person on the plane at the time. A preliminary report shows he was not injured.

The Harvard Fire Protection District was called to the scene to evaluate the pilot three hours after the crash when the pilot began experiencing a medical issue, according to fire department radio traffic.

It is unknown if paramedics transported him to the hospital.

The plane sustained substantial damage during the accident, according to an FAA report.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are investigating the crash.


  1. So many Kaydets getting damaged, makes you wonder if the supply of flightworthy ones will be used up. Hope the pilot can make a full recovery to good health.

  2. The people flying those priceless machines are sometimes the least qualified to do so. The deferrence flying it should be proportional to the availability of spare parts and people who know how to repair one. A simple nose over with some of them can make them totaled by the insurance company and forever lost to the aviation community.

    1. Not that someday the world won't eventually run out of Stearmans to rebuild, but like a Piper Cub, they are one of the most rebuildable airplanes ever built. I once saw a beautiful restored Stearman at an airshow with a very interesting story. As a young boy during WWII, its owner had hiked up to the crash site of a Stearman in the California Sierra foothills. Right after the crash, the army had gone up and stripped as much as they could unbolt and carry out in jeeps, such as the engine, wheels, instruments, etc. Over 50 years later, the man went back up to the old crash site that he remembered hiking up to as a boy. The fuselage was still there where the army had left it. He hauled it back home and built a show winning airplane out of it.

    2. That is the best rebuild story I have ever heard!

    3. The "least qualified people to do so" doesn't even come close to being true in this case. The pilot of this plane has well over 5,000 hours in type, has trained hundreds of people to fly Stearmans and co-founded the National Stearman Fly-In over 50 years ago.

      The grass area between the taxiway and the runway was leased to grow corn, creating a tunnel, with 6' corn on each side. The right wing hit the corn as the pilot bent over to turn off the carb heat on a touch and go.

      The plane should be back flying soon.