Airplane Came To Rest After It Impacted The Cabin Of A Parked Fuel Truck

Location: Sturtevant, WI Accident Number: CEN22LA103
Date & Time: January 18, 2022, 11:00 Local Registration: N90129
Aircraft: Cessna 120 Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation – Personal

On January 18, 2022, about 1100 central standard time, a Cessna 120 airplane, N90129, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Sturtevant, Wisconsin. The private pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

Security camera footage was obtained from the Sylvania Airport (C89), Sturtevant, Wisconsin. A preliminary review of the footage showed the airplane was attempting to depart to the east, using runway 08R. The takeoff roll was initiated and about a quarter way down the length of the runway, the airplane departed the runway to the left (north) for undetermined reasons. The footage showed the airplane travel over a flat grass field with the engine running. The footage did not show the airplane become airborne at any time, and the tailwheel appeared to remain on the ground during the runway excursion. The airplane came to rest after it impacted the cabin of a parked fuel truck.

There were no ground injuries nor did a fire occur. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing, the left-wing lift struts, and the fuselage. The wreckage was recovered from the accident site for a future examination.