Sunday, April 24, 2016

Stolp Acroduster II, N380JA : Fatal accident occurred April 24, 2016 near Oakhill Airpark (SC82), Greenville County, South Carolina

BRUCE A. RYSKAMP: http://registry.faa.gov/N380JA 

NTSB Identification: ERA16FA168 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 24, 2016 in Belton, SC
Aircraft: RYSKAMP BRUCE A ACRODUSTER, registration: N380JA
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On April 24, 2016, about 1745 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Acroduster, N380JA, operated by a private individual, was destroyed after impacting terrain while maneuvering near Belton, South Carolina. The private pilot was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight, which originated from Oakhill Airpark (SC82), Belton, South Carolina, around 1645. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records, the two seat, tail-wheel, bi-plane was owned by the pilot, and issued an airworthiness certificate on April 21, 2013. It was equipped with a Continental Motors Inc. IO-360 series, 210-horsepower engine, and driven by a two-blade McCauley constant-speed propeller.

According to a witness at SC82, the pilot taxied the airplane to the approach end of runway 28, performed an engine run up, which included "cycling the [propeller]" and then departed without incident. Approximately 30 minutes later, the witness heard the airplane return to the airport. The airplane completed two aborted landings to runway 28, and then made a left turn to reenter the traffic pattern. While on the downwind leg of the traffic pattern, he heard the airplane propeller pitch change to a "low pitch, high rpm sound."

Another witness reported that the airplane was on the downwind leg of the traffic pattern, when the engine "sputtered," and "cut out" several times. The airplane then banked to the left, and impacted "the ground nose first."

The main wreckage was located in a hay field about 1,225 feet abeam the centerpoint of the runway, at an elevation of 796 feet above mean sea level. The airplane impacted the field and came to rest on a 158 degree heading. All components of the airplane were located in the vicinity of the main wreckage. The left wings and fuselage were consumed by fire. The right wing and empennage were partially consumed by fire. Control continuity was confirmed from the flight controls in the cockpit to all flight control surfaces.

The engine was removed from the airframe for further examination. Crankshaft and valve train continuity, and piston movement were confirmed by rotating the crankshaft. The top spark plugs were removed. Their electrodes were intact and dark gray in color. Internal examination of all cylinders with a boroscope was performed with no anomalies noted. Both magnetos were impact separated and exhibited thermal damage when disassembled. The propeller governor remained attached to the engine. The propeller remained attached to the crankshaft, one blade was bent aft approximately 45 degrees, and the other blade remained straight.

The propeller and propeller governor were removed and retained for further examination.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate for airplane single engine land. The pilot was issued a third-class medical certificate on March 3, 2016. At that time he reported 420 hours of total flight time, of which, 28 hours were in the previous 90 days. In addition, the pilot held a repairman experimental aircraft builder certificate that was issued on May 13, 2013.

According to airplane maintenance logs, the airplane had a total time of about 24.7 hours of flight time. In addition, a condition inspection was performed on the airplane by the pilot/owner on April 10, 2016, at a total time of 22.9 hours.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email  eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov,  and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.





BELTON, S.C. —The Greenville County coroner released the name of a pilot who was killed in a fiery single-engine plane crash Sunday. 

Bruce Ryskamp, 62, was killed in the crash around 5:30 p.m. Sunday after the plane went down in a field adjacent to Oak Hill park on Aerona Road in Belton, the coroner said. 

Witnesses reported the engine stalled, according to the coroner. 

Willie McAbee lives near the air strip and said he saw Ryskamp take off.

"He turned left back toward my house, and I heard the engine sputter," McAbee told WYFF. "I heard the engine sputter again, and then the airplane completely stalled."

McAbee said he saw the plan plunge straight to the ground in a field behind his house.

"I jumped in my truck and I ran down there as fast I could," McAbee said. "The airplane was already in flames. I couldn't have helped him."

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration spent much of Monday at the crash site.

Heidi Moats, an air safety investigator with the NTSB, said Ryskamp was flying a home-built aircraft known as an Air Duster 2. 

"We look into the man, the machine and the environment," Moats told WYFF.

Moats said investigators will examine maintenance records, the pilot's flying experience and environmental conditions at the time of the crash.

"Pulling records takes time. Examining things takes time," Moats said. "If I find anything that needs to be taken to a lab, that takes time."

Moats said a preliminary report is expected in 10 days, but the final one could take a year to complete.

Officials said Dunklin Fire Department extinguished the fire that followed the crash.

Ryskamp was pronounced dead at the scene, the coroner said. Ryskamp was the only person in the plane at the time of the crash, the coroner said. 

Officials said they are not sure where the plane began its flight.


The cause of death is under investigation, the coroner said. 



A man died Sunday evening when his small airplane crashed in a large, grassy field in southern Greenville County, the Coroner’s Office said.

Residents reported the plane crash about 5:30 p.m. Sunday off Oak Hill Road, the Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies, firefighters, and EMS responded to the area.

The pilot, who was the lone occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene, Deputy Coroner Kent Dill said.

Mary Black said her parents live on the property and she lives across the road. She said her children and husband saw the plane spiral to the ground. Her husband and father tried to help the man.

“The plane was engulfed in flames and it was just so hot they couldn’t get close enough to do anything,” Black said.

Firefighters extinguished the fire, Dill said.

Black said her family was familiar with the pilot of the plane. He lived in the area and regularly used a small, private airport nearby. She said he built the plane himself.

The Coroner’s Office has not released the identity of the man.

Local authorities will work with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board on the investigation, Dill said.

Original article can be found here: http://www.greenvilleonline.com




BELTON, S.C. —The coroner said one person was found dead after what a witness said was a fiery plane crash in Greenville County.

A deputy with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office confirmed the plane crash happened on Oak Hill Road in Belton around 5:30 p.m. Sunday.


Greenville County Coroner Kent Dill responded to the crash and said one person was found dead at the scene.


Dill said the initial call came in as the plane went down with one person on board.


Official said they are just beginning to document the scene and they are not sure where the plane began its flight.


The Federal Aviation Administration was called to the scene, officials said.


Officials said Dunklin and South Greenville Fire departments are working the scene along with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.


A witness at the scene told WYFF News 4 the plane was engulfed in flames.


Original article can be found here: http://www.wyff4.com




GREENVILLE CO., SC (WSPA) – One person has died after a small plane crashed in southern Greenville County.

According to the FAA, the plane was a single-engine amateur-built Acroduster plane which crashed in a pasture while attempting to land at Oakhill Airpark.


There was only one person on the plane when it went down near Oak Hill Road around 5:30pm, according to the Greenville County Coroner and the Sheriff’s Office.


Mary Black, a witness at the scene says her father and husband saw the plane spiral down and crash into a field.


“The plane was engulfed in flames and it was just so hot they couldn’t get close enough to do anything,” said Black.


The plane was on fire when firefighters from the Dunklin Fire Department arrived. The NTSB will be investigating the cause of the crash.


Original article can be found here:   http://wspa.com



BELTON, SC (FOX Carolina) - Authorities are investigating a fatal Greenville County plane crash on Sunday night.

Just before 6 p.m., the coroner said he was en route to the scene on Oak Hill Road after receiving a call about a victim entrapped in a small plane that crashed.

Witnesses said they saw a plane spiraling down into a field before catching fire.

Coroner Kent Dill said one person was found deceased at the scene, believed to be the only occupant of the aircraft. He said there was a fire after the crash, which firefighters extinguished.

Dill described it as a small plane, but said specifics about the aircraft were unknown at this time.

They are working to notify the victim's family about the crash. Officials are unsure at this time of the plane's destination.

Original article can be found here:   http://www.wave3.com

GREENVILLE CO., SC (WSPA) – One person has died after a small plane crashed in southern Greenville County.

According to the FAA, the plane was a single-engine amateur-built Acroduster plane which crashed in a pasture while attempting to land at Oakhill Airpark.

There was only one person on the plane when it went down near Oak Hill Road around 5:30pm, according to the Greenville County Coroner and the Sheriff’s Office.

Firefighters from the Dunklin Fire Department were on scene. The NTSB will be investigating the cause of the crash.


Original article can be found here:   http://wbtw.com

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