Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Airtime Aircraft Cygnet, N168AT: Accident occurred May 20, 2017 at Casa Grande Municipal Airport ( KCGZ), Pinal County, Arizona

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

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

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA292 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 20, 2017 in Casa Grande, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/03/2017
Aircraft: AIRTIME AIRCRAFT INC CYGNET, registration: N168AT
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 flight instructor in the amphibious, float-equipped, weight-shift-controlled trike reported that he was demonstrating multiple touch-and-go landings for the student pilot, who was in the front seat of the tandem-seat trike. He added that, during the final approach, the wind was “light and variable,” and the landing was “smooth and stable.” He further added that, as power was applied to takeoff, a “gust of wind and dust came in from our left and got under the wing.” Subsequently, the trike veered off the runway to the right and rolled over.

The wing and fuselage sustained substantial damage.

The flight instructor reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the trike that would have precluded normal operation.

An automated weather observation station at the accident airport recorded that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 330° at 9 knots. The flight instructor reported the takeoff was from runway 5. 

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The flight instructor's failure to maintain directional control during takeoff in gusting crosswind conditions.

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N168AT

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA292
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 20, 2017 in Casa Grande, AZ
Aircraft: AIRTIME AIRCRAFT INC CYGNET, registration: N168AT
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 flight instructor in the amphibious float-equipped weight-shift controlled trike reported that, he was demonstrating multiple touch-and-go landings for the student pilot, who was in the front seat of the tandem seat trike. He added that during the final approach, wind was "light and variable" and the landing was "smooth and stable." He further added that as power was applied to takeoff, a "gust of wind and dust came in from our left and got under the wing." Subsequently, the trike veered off the runway to the right and rolled over.

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