Date & Time:
Jan 21, 2019 at 0912 LT
On January 21, 2019, about 0912 eastern standard time, a Douglas DC3C airplane, N467KS, impacted terrain while departing from Stoltzfus Airfield (OH22), Kidron, Ohio. The captain and first officer were fatally injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to Priority Air Charter LLC and operated by AFM Hardware Inc. under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the positioning flight, which was destined for Akron-Canton Regional Airport (CAK), North Canton, Ohio. A witness at OH22 noticed the airplane lift off about a third of the way down runway 19. Soon after becoming airborne, white smoke was noticed coming out of the left engine. The airplane began to veer to the left and did not climb normally. The witness watched the airplane descend over a building until he lost sight of it. The airplane struck power lines and trees before impacting the ground and came to rest about 200 yards from the end of runway 19. The main wreckage was upright and oriented on a northwesterly heading, with the fuselage separated forward of the wings. The left wing was broken aft and upward and the inboard leading edge of the right wing was crushed aft. The left engine was broken aft and outboard of the wing's leading edge. The right engine was broken downward at the nacelle. The nose of the airplane was located forward and left of the airplane main wreckage. The airplane wreckage, to include both engines, the cockpit voice recorder, and the aircraft data acquisition module, was retained for further examination.