Monday, August 8, 2016

AMS Flight D O O Carat A , N11DY: Fatal accident occurred August 07, 2016 near Minden-Tahoe Airport (KMEV), Douglas County, Nevada


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Reno FSDO-11

NTSB Identification: WPR16FA160
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, August 07, 2016 in Minden, NV
Aircraft: AMS FLIGHT CARAT A, registration: N11DY
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 August 7, 2016, at an unknown time, an experimental AMS Flight D O O Carat A motor glider, N11DY, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain about 7 nautical miles northeast of Minden-Tahoe Airport (MEV), Minden, Nevada. The private pilot was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight, which departed MEV at 1204 Pacific daylight time. The flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. 

Recorded communications from the common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF) at MEV revealed a transmission from the accident pilot at 1204, during which he stated he was departing from runway 34 and would be conducting a "right turn out" after takeoff. About 6 minutes later, the pilot indicated that he was 4 miles east of MEV and climbing. No further transmissions were received from the glider. 

The glider came to rest on a rocky hillside at an elevation of about 6,050 feet on a heading of about 340 degrees magnetic. All major components of the glider were accounted for at the site. The propeller was stowed, and the magneto and fuel pump switches were each found in the "off" position. The landing gear was retracted. The engine was rotated by hand at the propeller flange, and cylinder compression was established. 

The 1230 automated weather observation at MEV included wind from 030 at 4 knots, 10 miles visibility, clear skies, temperature 25 degrees C, dew point -5 degrees C, and an altimeter setting of 30.02 inches of mercury.

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MINDEN, Nev. (News 4 & Fox 11) — A 74-year-old Minden man was found dead in a glider crash eight miles east of Minden Tahoe Airport on Sunday, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Captain Dan Coverley confirmed in a statement that the sheriff's office had been notified by Nevada Highway Patrol of an emergency locator transmitter notification at about 2:50 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.

Nevada Civil Air Patrol, with assistance from the U.S. Air Force, located a crashed glider in the Pinenut Mountain Range.

The sheriff's office and the East Fork Fire Protection district found the wreckage of an AMS Carat Model A Power Glider and its pilot, who was dead on scene, Coverley said.

The pilot has been identified as Joseph N. Lowenhardt, 74, of Minden. He was the only person in the glider, according to Coverley.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the cause of the crash.

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