Monday, July 4, 2016

Seawind, N46EB: Fatal accident occurred July 04, 2016 near Central Colorado Regional Airport (KAEJ), Buena Vista, Chaffee County, Colorado

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident. 

BOEVE ENTERPRISES INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N46EB

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Denver FSDO-03

Aviation Accident Final Report  -  National Transportation Safety Board: http://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Docket And Docket Items - National Transportation Safety Board: http://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

Aviation Accident Data Summary  -  National Transportation Safety Board:  http://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

NTSB Identification: CEN16FA241
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, July 04, 2016 in Buena Vista, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/29/2016
Aircraft: BOEVE EARL SEAWIND, registration: N46EB
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The private pilot was making a personal flight in the experimental amateur-built airplane. A witness at the destination airport reported hearing the pilot declare a "mayday" on the airport's common traffic advisory frequency, but the pilot did not state the nature of the emergency. Witnesses near the accident site reported hearing the airplane's engine running extremely rough and seeing the airplane's wings rocking back and forth. The accident site was in an open, flat field with sparse vegetation and ample area in which to make a forced landing. Examination of the wreckage indicated that the airplane impacted the ground and nosed over, and a fire then erupted which consumed most of the airplane. Fire damage precluded a complete examination of the airframe, engine, and systems; however, the examinations that were performed did not reveal any preimpact anomalies. Based on the available evidence, it is likely that the airplane's engine lost partial power for a reason that could not be determined due to the extent of the fire damage, and the pilot did not maintain control of the airplane during the ensuing forced landing. 

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane during a forced landing following a partial loss of engine power, which resulted in a hard landing and nose over. The reason for the loss of engine power could not be determined due to the severity of the postimpact fire damage.

HISTORY OF FLIGHT

On July 4, 2016, about 1128 mountain daylight time, an amateur-built Seawind airplane, N46EB, was destroyed by impact forces and a postimpact fire, during a forced landing near Buena Vista, Colorado. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, was fatally injured. The aircraft was registered to Boeve Enterprises, Inc., and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The flight originated from the Lake County Airport (LXV), Leadville, Colorado, at an unconfirmed time, and was destined for the Central Colorado Regional Airport (AEJ), Buena Vista, Colorado, when the accident occurred.

It was reported that the pilot flew the accident airplane from AEJ to LXV earlier in the day, and was on the return flight to AEJ when the accident occurred. The airplane owner, who witnessed the takeoff from LXV for the return flight to AEJ, reported no problems with the airplane's takeoff roll and initial climb.

A witness at AEJ reported that she heard the pilot declare a "mayday" on the airport common traffic advisory frequency, and that he was straight in for runway 15. The witness reported that the pilot did not state the nature of the emergency during the radio transmission.

Witnesses near the accident site reported hearing the engine running extremely rough as if it was running on only three cylinders and the wings were rocking back and forth. One witness reported seeing the airplane about 200 to 300 ft. agl, descending rapidly. The airplane made a steep left turn and witness noted that the landing gear was extended. The witness lost sight of the airplane prior to its impact with the ground.

PERSONNEL INFORMATION
The pilot held a private pilot certificate with airplane single-engine and airplane multiengine land ratings. He also held a second class medical certificate issued on September 4, 2015. The medical listed the following limitation: Must wear corrective lenses.

The pilot's flight logbook was not recovered during the investigation, however, the pilot reported having 2,000 total flight hours and 35 hours in the six months preceding his most recent medical examination.

AIRCRAFT INFORMATION
The accident airplane was a composite, four-seat, amphibian airplane that featured a single tail-mounted engine. The airplane was produced as a kit that was assembled by an individual. The airplane had retractable tricycle landing gear and was powered by a six-cylinder Lycoming model IO-540-K1G5D engine rated to produce 300 horsepower.

METEOROLOGICAL INFORMATION
At 1115, the recorded weather conditions at AEJ were: wind 140 degrees at 8 knots, clear sky, temperature 22 degrees Celsius, dew point 3 degrees Celsius, altimeter setting 30.35 inches of mercury.

WRECKAGE AND IMPACT INFORMATION
The accident site was located about 4 miles and 330 degrees from AEJ. The accident site was an open, flat field with sparse vegetation and ample area in which to make a forced landing. The initial impact point was located about 15 feet south of the main wreckage and contained the airplane's nose landing gear. The airplane came to rest in an inverted position. Based on the position of the airplane and the impact point, the airplane was heading in a northerly direction at the time of the impact. The entire airplane was almost completely consumed by the postimpact fire that ensued. Remnants of all of the major airplane components and control surfaces were located in the immediate vicinity of the main wreckage. The control system of the airplane consisted mainly of cable controls which were traced from the cockpit control to each respective control surface. All of the cables and end attachments remained intact except for one aileron cable turnbuckle. The fractured turnbuckle exhibited signatures consistent with overload failure due to impact forces. The elevator control had a bellcrank and pushrod that was mounted in the vertical tail that actuated the elevator. The pushrod was intact; however, the composite bellcrank was mostly consumed by fire. The engine control push-pull cables were traced from the cockpit to the engine. The throttle and mixture cables remained intact and attached to the throttle arm, and mixture arm of the fuel control unit. The fuel control unit itself was consumed by fire and only the steel components remained intact. The propeller control cable was intact from the cockpit to the propeller governor. No anomalies could be found with respect to the airframe, flight control system, or engine control system; however, the extent of the fire damage precluded a complete examination and testing of components.

The engine of the airplane was examined on-site. It was still attached to the steel tube engine mount structure. The oil sump, and rear accessory case portions of the crankcase were consumed by fire. The accessory gears remained in position and no anomalies were noted. The remnants of the dual magneto were still in-place on the rear of the engine; however, the aluminum components of the magneto had been consumed by fire. The fuel control servo had been almost completely consumed by fire with only the steel components remaining. The upper spark plugs were removed and examined. The right side spark plugs were covered by oil due to the resting position of the engine. The oil was allowed to drain from the plugs and the combustion deposits that remained indicated a normal burn signature. The left side plugs were dry and also exhibited normal combustion deposits. The valve covers were removed and the right side cylinders contained oil, indicating that oil was present in the engine prior to impact. No anomalies were noted with respect to the valves or valve rocker arms. No anomalies could be found with respect to the engine or engine accessories; however, the extent of the fire damage precluded a complete examination and testing of components.

MEDICAL AND PATHOLOGICAL INFORMATION
An autopsy of the pilot was performed by the El Paso County Coroner's Office, Colorado Springs, Colorado, on July 5, 2016. The autopsy report listed the cause of death as multiple blunt force injuries sustained in the accident.


Toxicology testing was performed by the FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute. Testing results were negative for all substances in the screening profile.

NTSB Identification: CEN16FA241
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, July 04, 2016 in Buena Vista, CO
Aircraft: BOEVE EARL SEAWIND, registration: N46EB
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 4, 2016, about 1128 mountain daylight time, an amateur-built Seawind airplane, N46EB, was destroyed by impact forces and a postimpact fire, during a forced landing near Buena Vista, Colorado. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, was fatally injured. The aircraft was registered to Boeve Enterprises, Inc., and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The flight originated from the Lake County Airport (LXV), Leadville, Colorado, at an unconfirmed time, and was destined for the Central Colorado Regional Airport (AEJ), Buena Vista, Colorado, when the accident occurred.

It was reported that the pilot flew the accident airplane from AEJ to LXV earlier in the day, and was on the return flight to AEJ when the accident occurred. A witness at AEJ reported that she heard the pilot declare a mayday on the airport common traffic advisory frequency, and that he stated that he was straight in for runway 15. The witness stated that the pilot did not state the nature of the emergency during the radio transmission.

The accident site was located about 4 miles and 330 degrees from AEJ. The accident site was an open, flat field with sparse vegetation. The initial impact point was located about 15 feet south of the main wreckage and contained the airplane's nose landing gear. The airplane came to rest in an inverted position. Based on the position of the airplane and the impact point, the airplane was heading in a northerly direction at the time of the impact. The entire airplane was almost completely consumed by the postimpact fire that ensued. Remnants of all of the major airplane components and control surfaces were located in the immediate vicinity of the main wreckage. The control system of the airplane consisted mainly of cable controls which were traced from the cockpit control to each respective control surface. All of the cables and end attachments remained intact except for one aileron cable turnbuckle. The fractured turnbuckle exhibited signatures consistent with overload failure due to impact forces. The elevator control had a bellcrank and pushrod that was mounted in the vertical tail that actuated the elevator. The pushrod was intact; however, the composite bellcrank was mostly consumed by fire. The engine control push-pull cables were traced from the cockpit to the engine. The throttle and mixture cables remained intact and attached to the throttle arm, and mixture arm of the fuel control unit. The fuel control unit itself was consumed by fire and only the steel components remained intact. The propeller control cable was intact from the cockpit to the propeller governor. No anomalies could be found with respect to the airframe, flight control system, or engine control system; however, the extent of the fire damage precluded a complete examination and testing of components.

The engine of the airplane was examined on-site. It was still attached to the steel tube engine mount structure. The oil sump, and rear accessory case portions of the crankcase were consumed by fire. The accessory gears remained in position and no anomalies were noted. The remnants of the dual magneto were still in-place on the rear of the engine; however, the aluminum components of the magneto had been consumed by fire. The fuel control servo had been almost completely consumed by fire with only the steel components remaining. The upper spark plugs were removed and examined. The right side spark plugs were covered by oil due to the resting position of the engine. The oil was allowed to drain from the plugs and the combustion deposits that remained indicated a normal burn signature. The left side plugs were dry and also exhibited normal combustion deposits. The valve covers were removed and the right side cylinders contained oil, indicating that oil was present in the engine prior to impact. No anomalies were noted with respect to the valves or valve rocker arms. No anomalies could be found with respect to the engine or engine accessories; however, the extent of the fire damage precluded a complete examination and testing of components.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov,  and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.



BUENA VISTA, COLO. (AP) - A Buena Vista man is dead after his small plane crashed and burned Monday afternoon north of the town.

Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze says 63-year-old Jay Jones was the only person on board the plane that went down in a field about 4 miles north of the airport.

He says one witness reported hearing the engine sputter, but authorities are still trying to determine the cause.

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A single-engine plane crash near Buena Vista about noon Monday, July 4, killed the pilot, Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze said mid-afternoon Monday.

The pilot of the plane was identified as Jay Jones, 63, a local pilot and resident of Buena Vista in press release sent by the sheriff early Tuesday morning.

The Chaffee County Communications Center received the first call that a plane was in trouble about 12:15 p.m. and very shortly thereafter calls that a plane had crashed, Spezze said Monday afternoon. There were several witnesses to the crash, he said.

"We're doing a preliminary processing of the scene and securing the area, which we have to do in order to remove the body," Spezze said.

The plane crashed about 1.5 miles north of Buena Vista and south of CR 356 and just west of U.S. 24.

The sheriff's department was securing the scene for investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and The National Transportation Safety Board. Spezze said the FAA was expected sometime today and NTSB Tuesday.

"We'll be here securing the area overnight until they get here," Spezze said.

Source:   http://www.chaffeecountytimes.com



The pilot of an experimental plane died Monday afternoon when his plane crashed and exploded upon impact as it approached the Central Colorado Regional Airport outside Buena Vista, about two hours west of Colorado Springs, according to airport manager Jill Van Deel.

There were no other fatalities or injuries, she said.


The National Transportation Safety Board tweeted that it was investigating the crash and identified the plane as an experimental model.


The incident happened about noon as the plane, flying from Leadville to Buena Vista, was attempting to land, Van Deel said. The crash occurred in open space about 3 miles northwest of the airport, she said.


"It was an explosion" upon impact, Van Deel said of the crash.


Authorities know the pilot's identity, but aren't releasing it until family members are notified, she said.


Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze said his office received calls about 12:15 p.m. When deputies arrived, they found the plane had crashed in an open field about 2 miles north of Buena Vista, and that there was one fatality.


Authorities assume it was the pilot, although there have been no determinations made on the victim's identity, Spezze said.


There were no other injuries, he said.


A witness told deputies she heard what sounded like a sputtering engine as the plane approached, Spezze said.


The Federal Aviation Administration was investigating along with the NTSB, he said.


Original article can be found here: http://gazette.com

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