Saturday, May 30, 2015

Rag-Wing RW-6, N2305J: Accident occurred May 30, 2015 at Sugar Valley Airport (5NC2), Mocksville, Davie County, North Carolina


NTSB Identification: GAA15CA115 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 30, 2015 in Mocksville, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/27/2015
Aircraft: SMILEY JAMES E RAG WING RW-6, registration: N2305J
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 pilot reported that during the takeoff roll, the tailwheel equipped airplane encountered a gust a wind from the left, and veered to the right side of the runway. The pilot attempted to abort the takeoff after the airplane exited the right side of the runway, but then added power to continue the takeoff. The airplane did not respond to control inputs while attempting to turn back towards the runway, and impacted a building. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and fuselage. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's loss of directional control during takeoff, which resulted in a runway excursion and impact with a building.

DAVIE COUNTY, N.C. —A small plane crashed into a building Saturday at the Sugar Valley Airport in Davie County.

Authorities said the pilot was the only person aboard the plane, and the building only sustained minimal damage.

The building houses the airport offices.

The pilot suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment.

The crash happened during a pilots' meet, and activities resumed when the incident was cleared.

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