Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Stoddard-Hamilton GlaStar, N16XP: Accident occurred December 10, 2014 near Sheridan County Airport (KSHR), Wyoming

NTSB Identification: WPR15LA058
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, December 10, 2014 in Sheridan, WY
Aircraft: MCHOLLAND GLASTAR, registration: N16XP
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On December 10, 2014, about 1315 mountain standard time, an experimental McHolland Glastar amateur-built airplane, N16XP, was substantially damaged following impact with terrain after experiencing a loss of engine power during approach to landing to a private airstrip about 2 nautical miles south of the Sheridan County Airport (SHR), Sheridan, Wyoming. The private pilot, the registered owner and sole occupant of the airplane, was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight, which was being operated in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, and a flight plan was not filed. The flight had departed the airstrip about 30 minutes prior to the accident. 

In a telephone conversation shortly after the accident with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge , the pilot reported that he had taken off from the private airstrip located at his residence about 30 minutes prior to the accident, and that while in the traffic pattern for landing the engine started to lose power. The pilot stated that when he realized he was too fast on the approach, he tried to lose airspeed. The airplane subsequently impacted a fence that bordered the airstrip, which resulted in substantial damage to its left wing.

The airplane was recovered to a secured location for further examination.

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Casper FSFO-04

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