Monday, March 13, 2017

Xenos Motorglider, N56FD: Accident occurred March 11, 2017 at Minden–Tahoe Airport (KMEV), Minden, Douglas County, Nevada

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office: Reno, 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/N56FD

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA190
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, March 11, 2017 in Minden, NV
Aircraft: DAVIS FRANK R XENOS MOTORGLIDER, registration: N56FD
Injuries: 1 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 of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during touchdown the airplane "weathervaned to the left and full right rudder could not keep it on the runway". Subsequently, the main landing gear dug into the soft mud and the airplane nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the empennage.

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


The automated weather observation system located on the accident airport reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was variable at 6 knots. The pilot landed on runway 34.

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