Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Lancair IV-P, Northland Aviation LLC, N4YB: Accident occurred October 20, 2016 in Lovelock, Pershing County, Nevada


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Reno FSDO-11

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA012
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, October 20, 2016 in Lovelock, NV
Aircraft: NORTHLAND AVIATION LLC IVP, registration: N4YB
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 October 20, 2016, about 0730 pacific daylight time, a experimental amateur-built Northland Aviation LLC Lancair IV-P airplane, N4YB, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing, following a total loss of engine power, near Lovelock, Nevada. The flight was being conducted as a business cross country flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 when the accident occurred. The airline transport rated pilot, the sole occupant, sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was on file. The flight originated from the Fallon Municipal Airport (FLX), Fallon, Nevada about 0710, destined for Burns, Oregon. 

The pilot stated that he was climbing to his cruise altitude of 14,500 feet. During the climb, passing about 13,000 feet, oil began to coat the windscreen and the engine began shaking violently and then lost all power. He steered the airplane in the direction of Derby Field Airport, Lovelock, and initiated a emergency descent. He said that he could not see forward out of the windscreen, but was able to see the airport out of the side window. As he neared the airport, he realized that he was not going to make the runway and elected to land the airplane in an open area of desert vegetation. During the forced landing the airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings and fuselage. 

A detailed examination of the airframe and engine are pending.

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