Monday, August 22, 2022

North Wing Apache, N991SM: Accident occurred August 22, 2022 in Garden City, Finney County, Kansas

National Transportation Safety Board - Accident Number: CEN22LA401 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita, Kansas

Aircraft crashed in a field during takeoff.  

Date: 22-AUG-22
Time: 15:21:00Z
Regis#: N991SM
Aircraft Model: SPORT TRIKE
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91

FINNEY COUNTY, Kansas — A Kansas man was injured in a ultralight trike crash just before 10:30 a.m. Monday in Finney County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a North Wing Apache piloted by Dallas James Savolt, 46, Garden City, used the side of a residence at 455 East Sondreagger Road as a runway to take off northbound.

The pilot attempted to land in a field south of the residence. The aircraft rotated counter-clockwise and crashed.

Garden City Fire crews found the plane in the field on the north side of the road. Fire units made contact with a bystander who was trying to free the pilot from the aircraft. The bystander reported that he had seen the aircraft from north U.S. Highway 83 and Sondreagger Road.

Fire personnel removed a wing of the aircraft to gain access to the pilot. They extricated him from the aircraft and loaded him into the ambulance to be transported by Finney County Emergency Medical Services to  St. Catherine Hospital with facial injuries along with back and arm pain, according to the Garden City Fire Department.

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