Monday, May 8, 2017

Bearcoupe, N136BC: Accident occurred May 05, 2017 at Hanksville Airport (KHVE), Wayne County, Utah

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA098
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, May 05, 2017 in Hanksville, UT
Aircraft: ROBERT E BOUNDS BOUNDS BEARCOUPE, registration: N136BC
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 May 5, 2017, about 0915 mountain daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Bounds Bearcoupe, N136BC, nosed-over during landing at Hanksville Airport, Hanksville, Utah. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a personal flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The private pilot and flight instructor were seriously injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The local flight departed from a backcountry airstrip known as Hidden Splendor about 0830. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot stated that during the landing approach to the dirt runway 35, he transitioned control of the airplane to the flight instructor. He stated that as soon as the main landing gear touched the ground, the airplane nosed-over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer, rudder, and forward fuselage.

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