Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Softex Aero V-24L, Summit International American Ltd, N710XP: Accident occurred January 03, 2017 in Paradise, Sanders County, Montana

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


FAA Flight Standards District Office: HELENA

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report  -  National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA046
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, January 03, 2017 in Paradise, MT
Aircraft: SOFTEX INVEST LLC V-24L, registration: N710XP
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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 3, 2017, about 0915 mountain standard time, an experimental amateur-built Softex Investment LLC V-24L, N710XP, made an off airport landing near Paradise, Montana. The owner was operating the airplane under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The airline transport pilot and one passenger sustained serious injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The cross-country personal flight departed Missoula, Montana, about 0830 with a planned destination of Seattle, Washington. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot stated that the purpose of the flight was to return the airplane to its home base in Seattle. Damage to a left propeller blade had been discovered on a previous flight in July while the airplane was in transit from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to Seattle. After those repairs, an attempt to make the return flight under visual flight rules (VFR) was unsuccessful, and the airplane returned to Missoula where damage was again discovered on the left propeller. The propeller was removed, sent to a repair station for disassembly and repair, and installed back onto the airplane. The accident flight was another attempt to return to Seattle under VFR conditions.

The pilot stated that the airplane was about 2,000 feet above ground level when a severe vibration developed. He applied maximum power to both engines, but could not get the airplane to maintain altitude; it began to descend rapidly. He landed in an open area of a railroad yard.

MISSOULA, Mont. - Two people were hospitalized after surviving an airplane crash in western Montana.

The Softex Aero V-24L plane went down at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday between a set of railroad tracks and the Clark Fork River in the town of Paradise in Sanders County.

Plains-Paradise Rural Fire Department assistant chief Marlin Cooper says the pilot and a passenger were able to walk after the crash. They were taken to the Clark Fork Valley Hospital for unspecified injuries.

Federal Aviation Administration officials say the plane took off from Missoula around 8:45 a.m. bound for Seattle. No flight plan was filed.

Cooper says the cabin area and wings of the plane remain intact but it appears to be totaled.

The airplane is registered to Summit International American Ltd. out of Bellevue, Washington.

The scene was being secured for an investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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