Friday, April 06, 2012

Remos GX, N75GX: Accident occurred April 05, 2012 at Ann Arbor Municipal Airport (KARB), Michigan

NTSB Identification: CEN12LA231
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, April 05, 2012 in Ann Arbor, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/25/2013
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The student pilot reported that the airplane suddenly veered to the left during the takeoff roll and that he was unable to maintain control, even with full opposite rudder and aileron inputs. The airplane became momentarily airborne before it nosed down and impacted a field adjacent to the runway. The student pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The student pilot's failure to maintain airplane control on takeoff, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall and collision with terrain.

On April 5, 2012, at 1130 eastern daylight time, N75GX, a special light sport Remos GX, sustained substantial damage on takeoff from the Ann Arbor Municipal Airport (ARB), Ann Arbor, Michigan. The student pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Gemini Aviation LLC, Flat Rock, Michigan. A visual flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight destined for Adrian, Lenawee County Airport (ADG), Adrian, Michigan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the solo cross country flight conducted under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

In a written statement, the student pilot stated that during the take off roll on runway 06, the airplane suddenly veered "hard" to the left. He was unable to correct the turn with full right rudder and aileron. The student pilot said, "...The airplane just jumped up into the air and when it went up it continued to go to the left and then it came straight down." The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings, the empennage, and the firewall. In addition, both the left main and nose landing gears had separated.

The student pilot reported a total of 25.5 flight hours; all of which were in the accident airplane. He also said there were no pre-mishap mechanical failures. 

At 1135, weather reported at the airport was wind from 060 degrees at 12 knots gusting to 22 knots, visibility 10 miles, scattered clouds at 2,900 feet, temperature 6 degrees Celsius, dewpoint -2 degrees Celsius, and an altimeter setting of 30.05 inches of Mercury.

The Federal Aviation Administration will not have a complete report on Thursday's crash at Ann Arbor Municipal Airport for several more weeks.

Tony Molinaro, spokesman for the FAA's Great Lakes Region based in Chicago, said the FAA was still gathering up information Friday.

"We'll look at the basics, we'll talk to the pilot, any kind of maintenance records," he said.

The airplane crashed while flying off the runway Thursday morning. The pilot, who was rescued by the Pittsfield Township Fire Department, was taken by ambulance to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor.   
The aircraft, a single-engine Remos GX, is registered to Gemini Aviation LCC, based out of Flat Rock. It was manufactured in 2008.

There was no word as to where the aircraft was headed when it left the airport.

Molinaro said no more details on the crash will come out until the investigation is complete.

"We don't talk about any of the details until its completed," he said.

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