National Transportation Safety Board
Aviation Accident Preliminary Report
Vine Grove, KY
Date & Time:
06/23/2019, 1748 EDT
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
Operating Certificate(s) Held:
Meteorological Information and Flight Plan
Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation:
KFTK, 755 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site:
5 Nautical Miles
22°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:
6 knots / , 110°
29.9 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Vine Grove, KY (70KY)
Vine Grove, KY (70KY)
Wreckage and Impact Information
37.815833, -85.964722 (est)
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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