Friday, March 11, 2016

Beech D17S Staggerwing, N9290H, Delta Enterprise: Accident occurred March 11, 2016 at Van Aire Airport (CO12), Brighton, Colorado


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Denver FSDO-03

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA146
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, March 11, 2016 in Brighton, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/03/2016
Aircraft: BEECH D17, registration: N9290H
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 of a tailwheel-equipped biplane reported that shortly after the biplane lifted off the runway during takeoff, he diverted his attention and reached for the fuel selector which was located on the lower right wall of the cockpit. He further reported that the biplane drifted to the left of the runway and impacted a fence. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the upper and lower right wings, and the fuselage. 

According to the pilot there were 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 failure to maintain the runway course during takeoff, resulting in the airplane drifting to the left and impacting a fence. A contributing factor to the accident was the pilot's diverted attention during the takeoff.

BRIGHTON, Colo. — A small plane skidded off the runway and crashed in a field at Van Aire Skyport on Friday morning, Brighton Fire Rescue said.

The pilot was on board the plane when it crashed. 

There were no injuries.

A Brighton Fire spokeswoman said the pilot looked down to adjust the fuel when it skidded off the runway.

The pilot told officials the plane is worth $500,000.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the crash.

Original article can be found here: 

ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — A small plane skids off the runway and crashes in a field at Van Aire Skyport in Brighton.

The Brighton Fire Department says no-one was hurt. 

he pilot was alone in the plane which skidded when the pilot looked down to adjust fuel. 

Neighbors called in the crash.

The FAA will handle the investigation.

Original article can be found here:

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