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J3C hits trees

Post by News&Safety » June 30th, 2019, 3:25 pm

National Transportation Safety Board
Aviation Accident Preliminary Report


Vine Grove, KY

Accident Number:


Date & Time:

06/23/2019, 1748 EDT




Piper J3C


2 Serious

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On June 23, 2019, about 1748 eastern daylight time, a Piper J3C airplane, N70803, impacted a tree and terrain during an approach to the Vine Grove Airport (70KY), near Vine Grove, Kentucky. The private pilot and a passenger sustained serious injuries. The airplane received substantial wing and fuselage damage during the impact. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from 70KY at an unknown time.

According to initial information given to the Federal Aviation Administration, the airplane impacted a tree near the approach path to the airport and then impacted terrain. The impact was observed by a witness who subsequently called 9-1-1.

At 1756, the recorded weather at the Godman Army Airfield, near Fort Knox, Kentucky, was: Wind 110° at 6 kts; visibility 10 statute miles; temperature 22° C; dew point 21° C; altimeter 29.90 inches of mercury.

70KY was a private, non-towered airport, which was owned by Vine Grove Airport, Inc. It was located about one mile northeast of Vine Grove, Kentucky. The airport had one runway and a surveyed elevation of 680 ft above mean sea level. Runway 11/29 was a 2,700 ft by 60 ft runway with a turf surface. The airport listed a 25 ft power line, 10 ft from the runway end as an obstruction in reference to Runway 11.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:





J3C 65

Aircraft Category:


Amateur Built:



On file

Operating Certificate(s) Held:


Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Visual Conditions

Condition of Light:


Observation Facility, Elevation:

KFTK, 755 ft msl

Observation Time:

1756 EDT

Distance from Accident Site:

5 Nautical Miles

Temperature/Dew Point:

22°C / 21°C

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:

6 knots / , 110°

Lowest Ceiling:


10 Miles

Altimeter Setting:

29.9 inches Hg

Type of Flight Plan Filed:


Departure Point:

Vine Grove, KY (70KY)


Vine Grove, KY (70KY)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:

1 Serious

Aircraft Damage:


Passenger Injuries:

1 Serious

Aircraft Fire:


Ground Injuries:


Aircraft Explosion:


Total Injuries:

2 Serious

Latitude, Longitude:

37.815833, -85.964722 (est)

Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Edward F Malinowski

Additional Participating Persons:

Steve Travis; Federal Aviation Administration; Louisville, KY

Chris Lang; Continental Motors; Mobile, AL


The NTSB did not travel to the scene of this accident.

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