Saturday, May 24, 2014

Stoddard-Hamilton Glasair, N4VX: Accident occurred May 24, 2014 in Midlothian, Texas   

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Aviation Accident Final Report  -   National Transportation Safety Board:

Docket And Docket Items - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary  - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: CEN14LA259
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 24, 2014 in Midlothian, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/03/2016
Aircraft: SIBLEY GLASAIR, registration: N4VX
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 pilot reported that, during the initial climb, the high-performance airplane’s left wing dropped and that the airplane then turned toward the left side of the runway. The pilot applied corrective control inputs but was unsuccessful in regaining airplane control. The airplane subsequently impacted the ground; a postcrash fire ensued, which destroyed the airplane. Postaccident examination of the airplane confirmed flight control continuity. The pilot stated that he did not have enough time, training, or experience to be flying the high-performance airplane.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s failure to maintain lateral control during the initial climb. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s failure to obtain sufficient training and experience to operate the high-performance airplane.

On May 24, 2014, at 1049 central daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Sibley Glasair, N4VX, impacted the runway during takeoff from Eagle's Nest Estates Airport, Midlothian, Texas, when the left wing struck the runway surface. The airplane was destroyed by post-crash fire. The pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under 14 CFR Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight that was not operating on a flight plan. The flight was originating at the time of the accident and was destined for Mid-Way Regional Airport, Midlothian, Texas. 

The pilot stated that soon after the airplane lifted off there was an unexpected left wing drop. The airplane's flight path changed toward the left side of the runway. The pilot applied corrective control input to change the flight path but the control input was "marginally successful." A few seconds later, the airplane impacted the ground and came to rest on the airport ramp. Initially there was no fire, but fuel pouring from the header tank soon ignited.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Inspector confirmed flight control continuity. The pilot stated to FAA Inspectors during a postaccident interview that he did not have enough time, training, or experience to be flying such a high performance aircraft.

The pilot of a small, single-engine airplane received minor burns after crashing near Eagle's Nest Estates airport Saturday morning. 

The pilot was the only occupant of the plane, according to the Midlothian Police Department.

The estate's website describes the area as a residential airpark for aviation enthusiasts.

Residents said they heard the crash and when they arrived to check it out, the pilot was walking around.

The aircraft burned to the ground after it landed near a hangar. The Texas Department of Public Safety responded to the scene and is investigating the incident. As of press time, The Waxahachie Daily Light had not received a return call from DPS officials, regarding the cause of the accident.

A small plane crashed four miles northeast of Midlothian on Saturday morning. The pilot survived, but the aircraft was destroyed.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said the plane went down near Eagle's Nest Estates, which is described on its website as a "residential airpark" in Ellis County that features a 3,200-foot paved runway in the center of the development.

Midlothian police said the pilot suffered minor injuries but the plane burned.

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