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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 235673
Last updated: 28 May 2020
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Time:16:03 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev Yak-52
Registration: N27YK
C/n / msn: 9611905
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Zelmer Memorial Air Park (5K1), Macoupin County, IL -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Zelmer Memorial Air Park (5K1)
On May 2, 2020, about 1600 Central daylight time, a Yakovlev YAK-52 airplane, N27YK, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Zelmer Memorial Airpark Inc (5K1), Palmyra, Illinois. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

A witness who was driving north of 5K1 observed the airplane descending towards the airport "way too fast to be landing." He lost sight of the airplane as it descended behind a tree line. A few moments later he saw the airplane climb into sight 200-300 ft above the ground (AGL) about 1.5 miles, do a full revolution and then roll and descend steeply into the ground. A pilot witness observed the airplane make a low pass at 5K1 towards the south 20-30 ft AGL. He described the airplane pitching up 5-10 to 100-200 ft AGL when it was past the end of the runway and making a slow roll to the left. As the airplane passed [180] he did not think the pilot had enough altitude to perform the maneuver. He lost sight of the airplane as it descended and was passing about 270 of roll. Another witness was mowing his yard when he saw the airplane traveling parallel to the ground when it began a left roll and then "nose-dived" steeply towards the ground about mile from his location.

The airplane wreckage was located about 20 ft from the initial impact point. The impact crater was 12-18 inches in depth and the direction of travel from the impact crater to the wreckage was about 240. The wreckage was moved to a secure location for examination at a later date.

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Revision history:

03-May-2020 01:12 Captain Adam Added
03-May-2020 02:46 Captain Adam Updated [Aircraft type]
03-May-2020 02:58 Geno Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
03-May-2020 07:58 RobertMB Updated [Time, Nature, Source, Narrative]
08-May-2020 04:58 Captain Adam Updated [Phase, Destination airport, Damage, Narrative]

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