Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Quicksilver GT-400, N415HC: Accident occurred January 01, 2017 in New Braunfels, Texas

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

FAA Flight Standards District Office: SAN ANTONIO

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA079
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, January 01, 2017 in New Braunfels, TX
Aircraft: QUICKSILVER GT-400 R503, registration: N415HC
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 January 1, 2017, about 1130 central standard time, a Quicksilver GT-400 R503 experimental light sport airplane, N415HC, impacted power lines during a forced landing following a partial loss of engine power near New Braunfels, Texas. The sport pilot, who was the sole occupant, was not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and a flight plan was not filed. The local flight departed a private airstrip about 1115.

According to the pilot, about 15 minutes into the pleasure flight, the engine began "sputtering". The pilot attempted to correct the problem by adjusting the throttle and applying engine primer. The attempts were unsuccessful in restoring engine power. The pilot then identified a field for a forced landing. During the forced landing, the right main landing gear struck a power line. After impacting the power line, the airplane flipped inverted, and dropped about 20 feet onto a carport rooftop. The pilot exited the airplane.

Examination of the airplane by Federal Aviation Administration inspectors revealed both wings were bent and the wing fabric was damaged. No visual anomalies with the engine were noted. The airplane was retained for further examination.

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