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Tail numberN7472N
Accident dateDecember 18, 2008
Aircraft typeBeech 36
LocationLouisville, KY
Near 38.288611 N, -85.561111 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On December 18, 2008, about 0435 eastern standard time, a Beech 36, N7472N, registered to the TFB Aviation LLC and operated by an individual, crashed in an open field within a gulfing community in Louisville, Kentucky, during an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight from the Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW), Chicago, Illinois, to Bowman Field Airport (LOU), Louisville, Kentucky. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and an IFR flight plan was filed for the 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. The airplane incurred substantial damage and the pilot was killed.

Information obtained from family members and local authorities reveal that the pilot was on a return IFR flight from MDW. The controller from the Louisville International Airport-Standiford Field (SDR) Louisville, Kentucky, cleared the pilot, when the airplane was about 9 miles out, for the Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) approach for runway 24 at LOU. Shortly after that, the pilot communicated an emergency; advising of an engine problem. The radar detected the airplane slowing down and maintaining 80 mph, until it was lost from radar. The local authorities were notified of a possible downed airplane in the area of the last radar hit, and the airplane was discovered later that morning around 0600 by the local fire department.

A witness, a resident in the gulfing community, stated to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Inspectors that she was out walking her dog early that morning when she noticed an airplane flying overhead low, which did not sound like what she was accustomed to; the airplane was making very little noise. Another witness stated he heard a loud noise, similar to a car crash, which came from behind his home around the same time.

The wreckage was on a gulf course fairway located between a row of residential homes and a row of tall trees. Impact marks and ground scars indicated that the airplane was on an approximate course of 340 degrees and about a height of 30 feet above ground level (agl) when the right wing made contact with a tree at the beginning of the fairway. The right wing and the gear separated at the wheel well inboard section. The ground impact markings were consistent with the airplane contacting the ground inverted. The main impact ground scar contained windshield and the vertical fin anti collision light debris, which was 119 feet north of the tree. The airplane came to rest further down the fairway inverted, with the left and nose wheel landing gear extended, and the front section of the cabin roof crushed in.

A post recovery examination of the wreckage established flight control continuity. The left wing was observed with fuel leaks from impact damage. Six gallons of aviation fuel was recovered from the left wing fuel bladder. The right wing fuel bladder was ruptured when the wing separated. Aviation fuel was observed at the engine’s driven fuel pump from the firewall fuel supply hose. Initial examination of the engine revealed the engine would not rotate and was retained for further examination.

The pilot purchased the airplane in July of 2008. He had accumulated 40 total flight hours in the airplane. The airplane’s engine was overhauled in December of 2007. The airplane’s propeller was overhauled in August of 2008.

The pilot, age 25, held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single engine land, multiengine airplane land, and instrument airplane. He held a flight instructor certificate with ratings for airplane single engine and instrument airplane. He was issued a first-class medical certificate on February 21, 2008, with no limitation. He had documented 2,300 total hours at that time.

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