Saturday, March 26, 2016

Ekolot KR-030 Topaz, N717SP, NIU Group Ad Inc: Accident occurred March 26, 2016 at Lakeview Airport (30F), Lake Dallas, Denton County, Texas


NTSB Identification: GAA16CA164
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, March 26, 2016 in Lake Dallas, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/01/2016
Aircraft: PPHU EKOLOT KR-030 TOPAZ, registration: N717SP
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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 landing touchdown with a crosswind, the tail of the airplane was "hit with a burst of strong wind" from a nearby lake. He reported that before being able to react, the wind blew the airplane off the left side of the runway. The nose wheel collapsed, the right main landing gear separated, and the airplane impacted terrain in a ditch. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

The pilot verified that 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 directional control during the landing in a crosswind, which resulted in a runway excursion and an impact with terrain.

AIRCRAFT: 2010 Ekolot KR 030 Topaz Light Sport SN# 30-03-10 N717SP

ENGINE:    Rotax 912 UL2  SN# 4.409.793   

PROPELLER:  Pesz KE AS1650/1950 SN# 417

APPROXIMATE TOTAL HOURS (estimated TT & TSMO from logbooks or other information):

ENGINE:       357.8 (as of 3/11/2016 last log entry)

PROPELLER:        357.8 (as of 3/11/2016 last log entry)

AIRFRAME:   357.8 (as of 3/11/2016 last log entry)                   

OTHER EQUIPMENT: Funkwerk Avionics ATR 833 Com; Funkwerk Avionics TRT 800H Mode 2 Transponder.   

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  During landing in gusty winds on 3/26 aircraft ground looped breaking off right main gear and nose gear.  Propeller strike with aircraft going off the side of the runway striking small brush.  

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES: Nose gear and right main gear broken off, wheel fairings broken, L & R wing tips damaged, aft fuselage cracked in several places behind cabin, lower tail fin damaged, propeller shattered and spinner dented. Aircraft dismantled for transport and storage.                        

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:  Air Salvage of Dallas.  Lancaster, TX           

REMARKS: Adjuster has aircraft logs   

Read more here:

Two small planes crashed Saturday in separate incidents in Denton and Erath counties.

On Saturday afternoon, a plane went down along the western shore of Lewisville Lake.

The crash site near Lakeview Marina in the community of Lake Dallas is less than a half-mile from Lakeview Airport.

According to initial reports, two people were aboard the aircraft, but their conditions are not available. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Hours earlier, in an unrelated incident, another small plane ran out of fuel and crashed in Stephenville.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said a father and son were on their way back from Dallas. They were airlifted to a Fort Worth hospital with serious injuries, but both are expected to survive.

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