Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Aero Estates Airport

Belleville, Illinois 62223
Tuesady, July 23, 1996 20:00 CDT

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
During landing the airplane's left main gear tire separated from the aircraft, causing the airplane to ground loop. Examination of the axle attachment area on the left landing gear revealed signs consistent with a lack of welding penetration during manufacture.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
the inadequate weld on the landing gear by the builder/pilot.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date7/23/1996 
Event Day of the WeekTuesday 
Time of Event2000 
Event Time ZoneCentral Daylight Time 
Event StateILLINOIS 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site62223  
Event Date Year1996 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude  
Event Location Longitude  
Event Location AirportAERO ESTATES  
Event Location Nearest Airport ID7IS2 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles-- 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation520 
Weather Briefing CompletenessUnknown 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1955 Central Daylight Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)120 
Weather Observation Facility IDKBL  
Elevation of weather observation facility362 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)15 
Time Zone of the weather observationCDT 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height25000 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsScattered 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)
Visibility (Statute Miles)
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)28 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)17 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)90 
Variable Wind IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Speed (knots)
Wind Velocity Indicator Unknown 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots)
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 29 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of PrecipitationUnknown 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryMinor 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries
On Ground, Minor Injuries
On Ground, Serious Injuries
Injury Total Fatal-- 
Injury Total Minor
Injury Total None-- 
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)385 
NTSB Notification Source-- 
NTSB Notification DateJul 25 1996 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time1400 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationIMAGE 
Date of most recent change to recordDec 8 2000 10:11AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN596E 
NTSB NumberCHI96LA246  
Missing Aircraft Indicator
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?-- 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameELLIOT  
Aircraft ModelSTEEN SKYBOLT  
Aircraft Series IdentifierSTEEN SKYB 
Aircraft Serial Number58296  
Certified Max Gross Weight2400 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassU.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?Yes 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearFixed 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionAnnual 
Date of Last InspectionJun 15 1996 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection
Airframe Hours
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedUnknown 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteUnknown 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameJOHN B. ELLIOT  
Aircraft Owner Street Address110 FULERTON ROAD  
Aircraft Owner CityBELLEVILLE  
Aircraft Owner StateIL 
Aircraft Owner Country  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode62223  
Operator is an individual?-- 
Operator Name  
Operator Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Street Address  
Operator City  
Operator State  
Operator Country  
Operator Zip code  
Operator Code  
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?No 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 OperationUnknown 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Personal 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventYes 
Departure Airport Code7IS2 
Departure City  
Departure State  
Departure Country  
Departure Time1930 
Departure Time ZoneCDT 
Destination Same as Local Fltdest & departure same, accident can occur anywhere 
Destination Airport Code  
Destination City  
Destination State  
Destination Country  
Specific Phase of FlightLanding 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordJan 2 2001 10:34AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location16  
Runway Length2600 
Runway Width100 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--