Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Glasair I, N70GG: Accident occurred September 17, 2016 at Reno-Stead Airport (KRTS), Reno, Nevada

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Reno FSDO-11

NTSB Identification: WPR16LA184
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 17, 2016 in Reno, NV
Aircraft: OGG RICHARD A OGG GLASAIR I, registration: N70GG
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On September 17, 2016, about 1125 Pacific daylight time, an experimental amateur built Ogg Glasair I, N70GG, experienced an in-flight fire during a closed course air race flight at the Reno-Stead Airport (RTS), Reno, Nevada. The airplane was registered to a private individual, and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The airline transport pilot, the sole occupant of the airplane, was not injured; the airplane sustained substantial damage. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the flight, which originated from RTS about 10 minutes prior to the accident.

The pilot reported that during the air race the engine was operating normally until passing pylon number 5, when it suddenly lost power. The pilot stated that she pulled up, declared a mayday, and aimed for runway 14. The pilot landed uneventfully on runway 14, exited the airplane, and the emergency response personnel subsequently extinguished the fire.

Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the forward part of the fuselage and inboard portion of the left wing sustained fire and structural damage.

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