Saturday, February 27, 2016

Beech 95-C55 Baron, DBI Properties LLC, N88FL: Accident occurred February 27, 2016 near Casey Municipal Airport (1H8), Illinois


NTSB Identification: CEN16LA119
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, February 27, 2016 in Casey, IL
Aircraft: BEECH 95 C55, registration: N88FL
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On February 27, 2016 about 0900 Central Standard Time, a Beech 95-C55, N88FL, impacted in a field while attempting to land at the Casey Municipal Airport (1H8), Casey, Illinois. The pilot and passenger on board were not injured and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was register to a limited liability company and operated by the pilot as a 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the cross country flight that was operating on an instrument flight rules flight plan. The flight originated at Birmingham, Alabama, at 0902.

The pilot reported having difficulty visually locating the airport and had asked for Air Traffic Control (ATC) vectors to the airport twice. After finally locating the airport, the pilot reported that he extended his downwind leg because of the excessive speed. While the airplane was on base leg to land, one of the engines began to lose power, which was followed by the other engine losing power after the turn to final approach. The pilot touched down and bounced twice before going off the end of a taxiway that paralleled the runway. The airplane's landing gear collapsed and the airplane slid in a muddy field about 1,500 feet before coming to a stop.

An on scene examination conducted by the Federal Aviation Administration showed both propellers feathered and the propeller controls in the feather position. There was no fuel in the left main tank or left auxiliary tank. The right main tank was completely full. The right auxiliary fuel tank was partially full, with a fuel level about an inch from the bottom of the tank. The fuel selectors were both on the main fuel tanks. The airplane's right wing spar was bent upward outboard of the engine nacelle and the forward fuselage bulkheads at the nose wheel well showed upward crushing and bending.

At 0853, the reported weather conditions at Coles County Municipal Airport, Mattoon/Charleston, Illinois, 16 nm northwest, were wind 180 at 10 knots, clear skies, visibility 9 statute miles temperature 1 degree Celsius (C), dew point -2 degrees C, and altimeter 30.09 inches of Mercury.
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Springfield FSDO-19

Casey, IL --   What started off as a normal Saturday morning for folks in Casey Illinois quickly changed. It was quite the shock to see a small propeller plane crash in a field

"I came out to do some work outside and my neighbor was outside and  he pointed to the airplane over there," said Casey resident, Bill Farrell. 

A twin engine aircraft was trying to land at the Casey Municipal Airport. When the engine failed, and the pilot had to make an emergency landing in a near by field.

"Saw that plane and I told my wife there's a plane crashed out there. I seen the Fire Department, the Firemen going across the field toward the plane, and I seen the pilot had got out and were out meeting him," said Casey resident, Stephen Martin. 

According to authorities there were no injuries. Neighbors in the vicinity of the crash, say this incident brought up emotions from the past. 

"That's only the second plane crash since I've lived here," said Martin. 

Stephen Martin is talking about a crash that happened in August 2015. Farmer David Goodwin died in a crash that happened after he flew his Cessna Plane out of Casey Municipal Airport.

This time, the pilot was seen uninjured and walked away from the crash. 

"I looked at the planes condition, and I can tell that he brought it down pretty good, I thought, and I didn't hear an engine or anything so I imagine the engine died on him or something. But the way the plane was sitting. I knew he got of the plane okay," said Martin. 

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