Monday, November 28, 2016

Airborne SQ-12, Airborne Extreme LLC, N37PX: Accident occurred November 25, 2016 in Palmer, Alaska

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

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

AIRBORNE EXTREME LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N37PX

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Anchorage FSDO-03

NTSB Identification: ANC17LA008
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, November 26, 2016 in Palmer, AK
Aircraft: AIRBORNE EXTREME LLC SQ-12, registration: N37PX
Injuries: 3 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 November 25, 2016, about 1330 Alaska standard time, an Airborne Extreme LLC SQ12 airplane, N37PX, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing, following a loss of engine power near Palmer, Alaska. The airplane was registered to Airborne Extreme LLC, and operated by the pilot, as a visual flight rules (VFR) flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 when the accident occurred. The certificated private pilot and two passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed. The flight departed Jackfish Landing Airport, Wasilla, Alaska, at about 1250.

During a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC) on November 25, the pilot reported that the he had departed for an afternoon flight with two family members up the Knik Glacier. About 40 minutes after departure, while in level cruise flight the engine lost all power. He made a forced landing to a remote gravel bar. During the forced landing the airplane sustained substantial damage to the left lift strut and fuselage. 

The airplane was equipped with a Titan 409 angle valve series engine, and a EFII electronic fuel injection and ignition system. 

The closest weather reporting facility was Palmer Municipal Airport, Palmer, about 30 miles northwest of the accident site. At 1353, an Aviation Routine Weather Report (METAR) from Palmer Airport was reporting, in part: wind from 120 degrees at 3 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; clouds and sky condition, few clouds at 7,000 feet, scattered clouds at 12,000 feet; temperature 10 degrees F; dew point 9 degrees F; altimeter 29.21 inHg.

An examination of the engine is pending.

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