Monday, March 6, 2017

Lancair LC41-550FG, N2516K: Accident occurred March 05, 2017 at Henderson Executive Airport (KHND), Las Vegas, Clark County, Nevada

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA174
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, March 05, 2017 in Henderson, NV
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/22/2017
Aircraft: LANCAIR COMPANY Columbia 400, registration: N2516K
Injuries: 2 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that he and his passenger were cleared by the tower for the approach to runway 17R. During landing, “a violent wind gust without warning hit the airplane.” The pilot attempted to recover, “when a second violent wind gust hit the airplane causing a wing to hit the ground.” The airplane’s left wing impacted the safety area between runway 17R and 17L and just beyond taxiway Foxtrot. The airplane came to rest in the same safety area about 45° left of the initial impact point and about 10 ft from runway 17L. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing, fuselage, and rudder.

The METAR reported that the wind was from 220° at 31 knots, gusting to 38 knots about the time of the accident.

According to the manufacturer’s Pilot’s Operating Handbook, the maximum demonstrated crosswind component was 23 knots.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s improper decision to land the airplane with a gusting crosswind, which resulted in a loss of airplane control. 

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office: Las Vegas, Nevada

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N2516K

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA174
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, March 05, 2017 in Henderson, NV
Aircraft: LANCAIR COMPANY Columbia 400, registration: N2516K
Injuries: 2 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that he and his passenger were cleared by tower for the approach to runway 17 Right (R). During landing, "a violent wind gust without warning hit the airplane." The pilot attempted to recover, "when a second violent wind gust hit the airplane causing a wing to hit the ground." The airplane's initial impact point was the left wing that impacted the safety area between runway 17 R and 17 Left (L), and just beyond taxiway Foxtrot. The airplane came to rest in the same safety area about 45° left of the initial impact point, and about 10 feet from runway 17 L. The airplane sustained substantial damage to runway left wing, the fuselage and the rudder.

The meteorological aerodrome report identified that the wind was out of 220° at the velocity of 31 kts. gusting to 38 kts. about the time of the accident.

According to the manufacturer's pilot operating handbook, the maximum demonstrated crosswind component is 23 kts.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

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