Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Rainbow Sky Reach BushCat, N273BC: Accident occurred May 29, 2016 in Mack, Mesa County, Colorado

Executive Aircraft and Jewelry LLC

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Salt Lake City FSDO-07

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA270

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, May 29, 2016 in Mack, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/2016
Aircraft: RAINBOW SKY REACH (PTY) LTD BUSHCAT, registration: N273BC
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 of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that during the landing roll in gusty wind conditions, the airplane veered off the runway to the left, impacted an irrigation ditch, and nosed over. 

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left lift strut. 

According to the pilot there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation. 

According to the pilot, the weather at the time of the accident was wind variable at 5-7 knots, and wind gusts 10 knots. The airplane landed on runway 25.

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 roll, which resulted in runway excursion, impact with a ditch, and nose over.

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