14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 15, 2012 in Durango, CO
Aircraft: DOPPELT FREDRIC F F. 8L FALCO, registration: N532FD
Injuries: 2 Minor.
The airplane was being flown by a private pilot who just purchased it and a certified flight instructor who was providing dual instruction. The private pilot had flown in the airplane before, but had not actually been at the controls prior to the accident flight. The private pilot and instructor spent about 1 hour briefing and preparing for the flight. The private pilot stated that during the takeoff roll, the airplane veered to the left of the centerline. He stopped the airplane from drifting, but failed to pay attention to the airspeed. He looked at the airspeed which was about 55 knots, and when he looked back up, they were airborne. He stated his initial reaction was to reduce the power and put the airplane back on the runway, but he heard the instructor state that they were too slow so he advanced the throttle. He stated the airplane then settled to the ground off the left side of the runway.
FAA IDENTIFICATION Regis#: 532FD Make/Model: EXP Description: FALCO F8L Date: 07/15/2012 Time: 1510 Event Type: Accident Highest Injury: Serious Mid Air: N Missing: N Damage: Substantial LOCATION City: DURANGO State: CO Country: US DESCRIPTION AIRCRAFT ON TAKEOFF CRASHED, DURANGO, CO INJURY DATA Total Fatal: 0 # Crew: 1 Fat: 0 Ser: 1 Min: 0 Unk: # Pass: 1 Fat: 0 Ser: 1 Min: 0 Unk: # Grnd: Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk: OTHER DATA Activity: Unknown Phase: Take-off Operation: OTHER FAA FSDO: SALT LAKE CITY, UT (NM07) Entry date: 07/16/2012
A single engine experimental aircraft crashed at the Durango-La Plata County Airport on Sunday.
A fixed wing single-engine experimental aircraft crashed this morning at the Durango-La Plata County Airport.
Two males on board the aircraft were transferred to Mercy Regional Medical Center by ambulances from the Los Pinos Fire Protection District and Durango Fire & Rescue Authority, said Don Brockus, a spokesman for the Durango–La Plata County Airport.
Brockus said he could not confirm the severity of either victim’s injuries at this time.
The crash occurred around 9:10 a.m. and the runway is now back open, after being closed for about an hour and a half, he said.
The plane went down on the east side of the runway.
To Brockus’ knowledge, there were no direct witnesses when the plane went down, he said.
Brockus said some debris from the crash will be left in place for the time being to assist with an investigation, which will be conducted by federal authorities.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration registry, the plane is registered to Doppelt Ventures LLC out of Missoula, Mont.