Saturday, April 22, 2017

Sonex, N212AG: Accident occurred April 22, 2017 near Leesburg Executive Airport (KJYO), Loudoun County, Virginia

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Herndon, Virginia 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA165 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 22, 2017 in Leesburg, VA
Aircraft: GANJOO AMIT SONEX, registration: N212AG
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 April 22, 2017, about 0915 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Sonex, N212AG, was substantially damaged during a forced landing, while attempting to land at the Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO), Leesburg, Virginia. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Marginal visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the vicinity of the airport about the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from JYO about 0845 and was destined for the Blue Ridge Airport (MTV), Martinsville, VA.

The pilot stated that he purchased the airplane three months before the accident, but had to wait for the weather to improve before he could fly the airplane back to his home in Washington state. On the day of the accident, he topped off the airplane's 16-gallon fuel tank and reviewed weather conditions along his intended route of flight. He said it was "drizzly" but the ceiling was "good." The pilot conducted a preflight inspection of the airplane and performed an engine run-up before he departed. The pilot said when he got about 20 miles south of the airport, weather conditions deteriorated and he elected to turn back to Leesburg. When he was on final approach to runway 35 at an altitude of 700 ft, the engine "just stopped." The pilot attempted to re-start the engine, but to no avail, and he made a forced landing just short of the runway. The pilot said he "ran out of airspeed" when the airplane was about 100 ft above the ground, and that it then "pancaked" onto the ground and slid for about 100 ft before coming to a stop.

The pilot said that the weather conditions (high humidity and visible moisture) were conducive to carburetor icing, but he did not apply carburetor heat until he tried to re-start the engine. Even then, he did not use full carburetor heat. When the airplane was recovered, the pilot said he drained 13 gallons of fuel from the fuel tank and it was absent of debris and water.

The weather conditions reported at JYO, at 0915, included wind 010° at 8 knots, visibility 10 miles, light drizzle, scattered clouds 1,600 ft, broken clouds at 2,400 ft, overcast clouds at 3,600 ft, temperature 13° C, dewpoint 12° C, and a barometric altimeter setting of 29.94 in Hg.

No one was injured when a Sonex experimental aircraft force landed in a field while trying to land at Leesburg Airport Saturday morning. Virginia State Police said the pilot, Joseph R. Bryant, 53, of Goldendale, Wash., was alone in the airplane at the time.

Virginia State Police Trooper J.A. Cabrera said that Bryant had taken off Saturday morning from the Leesburg Executive Airport headed for Georgia. About an hour into the flight, the weather conditions began to worsen so Bryant turned the Sonex experimental aircraft around to return to the airport. As he approached the airport, he began to experience engine trouble and force landed the aircraft in a field in the 19,000 block of Sycolin Road.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified of the incident, which remains under investigation.

Original article can be found here:

A Washington state man flying a Sonex experimental plane from Virginia to Georgia force landed his aircraft on Saturday in a field near the Leesburg Executive Airport, according to law enforcement authorities.

Joseph R. Bryant, 53, of Goldendale, Wash., the pilot, was not injured in the incident. He’d taken off from the Leesburg airport in the morning, but an hour into the flight bad weather forced him to turn his Sonex aircraft back north toward Loudoun County. Then he had engine trouble, which forced him to land in a field. in the 19000 block of Sycolin Road, near the airport, about 9:20 a.m.

Authorities with the Virginia State police, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department and Virginia Department of Transportation assisted on the scene.

Original article can be found here:

The Virginia State Police said an experimental aircraft force landed near the Leesburg Executive Airport shortly before 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

State police said the pilot was not injured, and the Federal Aviation Administration was notified of the incident. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The plane is described as Sonex plane, a aircraft that can be built from a kit.

It appeared the plane was attempting to land at the airport, but it didn't make it and made a hard landing in a field across the street from the airport. Police said there were no reports of injuries.

A witness said on Twitter the plane ended up in the field beside a nearby church. According to the FAA registry, the plane was certified on March 10, 2017, and is registered to someone from Goldendale, Washington.

Sycolin Road is closed near the Leesburg Executive Airport. People are advised to avoid the area.

Original article can be found here:

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