Sunday, July 31, 2016

Trick Trikes Storm, N4367X: Accident occurred July 31, 2016 at Valkaria Airport (X59), Malabar, Brevard County, Florida

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Docket And Docket Items -  National Transportation Safety Board:

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Orlando FSDO-15

NTSB Identification: ERA16CA278
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 31, 2016 in Valkaria, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 04/10/2017
Aircraft: TRICK TRIKES STORM, registration: N4367X
Injuries: 2 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 the weight-shift-control aircraft reported that, during takeoff, he pitched upward excessively early for the aircraft’s weight. Several feet above the ground, the aircraft descended and bounced off the runway. The pilot tried to regain control and take off again, but the aircraft came back down and bounced on the runway. The left main landing gear collapsed, and the aircraft slid down the runway about 75 ft before coming to rest. The pilot reported there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or anomalies with the aircraft that would have precluded normal operation. Examination of the wreckage revealed that the fuselage was substantially damaged. 

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

The pilot’s premature rotation during takeoff, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall and a hard landing.

BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Two people were taken to the hospital after an ultralight small plane crash Sunday morning.

John Martinez, with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, told Fox 35's David Williams, the call about the crash at Valkaria Airport came in at 7:10 a.m., Sunday.

According to Martinez, a caller said the plane started to take off, when the plane hit the ground hard and bounced.

Martinez said the caller told authorities both male passengers were ejected from the small experimental aircraft.

Both men, one in his late 60's, the other in his mid 50's were taken to Holmes Regional Hospital. One of the men was taken by helicopter, the other taken by ambulance.

Martinez said both men had non-life threatening injuries. A sheriff's deputy on scene told Fox 35 both men are expected to be okay Sunday.

According to Martinez, the pilot of the aircraft was experienced.

A Brevard County Sheriff's Deputy on scene said the Federal Aviation Administration is en route to investigate the crash.

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Two people were seriously injured when an ultralight aircraft crashed early Sunday near Valkaria Airport in Grant-Valkaria.

The crash was reported just after 7:20 a.m. at the airport, which is west of U.S. 1 on Valkaria Road in Grant-Valkiria, a mostly rural community southeast of Palm Bay.

Several fire-rescue crews from Brevard County and Palm Bay responded to the site.

The type of aircraft was described by authorities as an ultralight.

The cause of the crash was not immediately known but the Federal Aviation Administration has been notified of the incident.

Paramedics initially requested two medical helicopters. One of the flights was cancelled a short time later. One of the crash victims was airlifted to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne. The second patient was taken to the hospital by ground transport.  An investigation is underway.

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