Monday, October 1, 2012

Jabiru J170-SP, Jabiru Horizons LLC, N582J: Accident occurred September 29, 2012 in Goshen, Indiana

http://registry.faa.gov/N582J


NTSB Identification: CEN12CA663
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 29, 2012 in Goshen, IN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/22/2013
Aircraft: JABIRU USA SPORT AIRCRAFT LLC J170-SP, registration: N582J
Injuries: 1 Serious.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The student pilot stated that he was practicing a soft-field takeoff, and as soon as the nose wheel lifted off the runway, the airplane veered to the left. The student pilot tried to correct the left turn by applying right rudder and aileron but was unsuccessful. The airplane departed the runway surface and came to rest, nose down on a parallel taxiway. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine nose wheel area, both wings, and the fuselage. The student pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The student pilot's loss of directional control during takeoff, which resulted in a runway excursion.

The student pilot stated that he was practicing a soft field takeoff and as soon as the nose wheel lifted off from the runway, the airplane veered to the left. The student pilot tried to correct the turn by applying right rudder and aileron, but was unsuccessful. The airplane departed the runway surface and came to rest nose down on a parallel taxiway. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine nose wheel area, both wings, and the fuselage. The student pilot did not report any preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane.


IDENTIFICATION
  Regis#: 582J        Make/Model: LSA       Description: LIGHT SPORT AIRCRAFT
  Date: 09/29/2012     Time: 1320

  Event Type: Accident   Highest Injury: None     Mid Air: N    Missing: N
  Damage: Destroyed

LOCATION
  City: GOSHEN   State: IN   Country: US

DESCRIPTION
  AIRCRAFT ON TAKEOFF, CRASHED, GOSHEN, IN

INJURY DATA      Total Fatal:   0
                 # Crew:   1     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Pass:   0     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Grnd:         Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    


OTHER DATA
  Activity: Unknown      Phase: Take-off      Operation: OTHER


  FAA FSDO: SOUTH BEND, IN  (GL17)                Entry date: 10/01/2012 




GOSHEN — A student pilot has been hospitalize following a private plane crash at the Goshen Air Center early Saturday morning.

According to Roger Yoder, part-owner of the New Horizons Aviation flight school, the student, identified as a middle-aged male from Plymouth, was alone in the plane practicing maneuvers when the crash occurred at approximately 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

“There was a student pilot out practicing some maneuvers that had a little accident on takeoff,” Yoder said. “He did get airborne, but then the accident occurred right after he took off.”

Yoder described the plane, a Jabiru J-170, as a single engine trainer in the light sport category.

“He was in the final stages of his training, getting ready to go take his check ride,” Yoder said. “So it’s an unfortunate accident.”

Yoder said the student was taken to a local hospital by paramedics for treatment of minor injuries.

“He had some bumps and bruises and a couple broken bones,” Yoder said, “but he should be fine.”

Following the crash, Yoder indicated that a team from the Federal Aviation Administration arrived at the airport to conduct an initial investigation. An exact cause of the crash is still pending.

“The FAA came out and did an investigation, but obviously it’s too early to get a report from them,” Yoder said. “Our primary concern is for the pilot and making sure he recovers nicely.”

The Goshen Air Center was not closed due to the crash, Yoder said, though a portion of the taxiway where the crashed plane came to rest was closed to air traffic for a time while the FAA’s investigation was under way. All air traffic has since resumed at the facility.

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