Sunday, May 14, 2017

Pipistrel Virus SW, N616NG: Accident occurred May 13, 2017 at Driftwood Ranch Airport (XA86), Weatherford, Parker County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;  Irving, Texas

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Weatherford, TX
Accident Number: CEN17LA182
Date & Time: 05/13/2017, 1820 CDT
Registration: N616NG
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Aerodynamic stall/spin
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 13, 2017, about 1820 central standard time, a Pipistrel Virus SW motorized-glider, N616NG, impacted terrain while departing the Driftwood Ranch Airport (XA86), Weatherford, Texas. The pilot and passenger were seriously injured. The motorized-glider was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan. The local flight was departing at the time of the accident.

According to a statement provided by the pilot, he was departing on runway 16, at XA86. After reaching rotation speed, the pilot rotated the motorized-glider and the nosewheel lifted off when a gust of wind from the left, pushed the motorized-glider to the right. The pilot added that he pulled back on the control stick to climb, and simultaneously added left rudder and aileron. As the motorized-glider got airborne, the pilot reported that the airspeed was insufficient, and the motorized-glider entered a stall-spin. After a quarter turn, the motorized-glider impacted terrain. The collision resulted in substantial damage to the glider's fuselage and wings.

At 1815, an automated weather reporting facility located 7 nautical miles south of the accident site recorded a wind from 160 degrees at 4 knots. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 47, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification:  Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/13/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  780 hours (Total, all aircraft), 231 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer:  PIPISTREL DOO AJDOVSCINA
Registration: N616NG
Aircraft Category: Glider
Year of Manufacture: 2015
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 742SWN100
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines:  1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
Engine Model/Series: 912ULS
Rated Power: 100 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KGDJ, 778 ft msl
Observation Time: 1815 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 184°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 9°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots, 160°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.89 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Weatherford, TX (XA86)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Weatherford, TX (XA86)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  CDT
Type of Airspace: 

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 711 ft
Runway Surface Condition:
Runway Used: 16
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2975 ft / 40 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious

Latitude, Longitude: 32.566944, -97.807500 (est)

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA182

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 13, 2017 in Weatherford, TX
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 13, 2017, about 1820 central daylight time, a Pipistrel Virus SW motor-glider, N616NG, collided with terrain while performing touch and go landings. The pilot and passenger were seriously injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan.

According to preliminary information provided to the responding Federal Aviation Administration inspectors, an eyewitness saw the motor-glider performing a touch and go landing. The witness perceived that the airplane's airspeed was slow and appeared to stall during the takeoff phase and impact terrain.

The motor-glider was retained for further examination.

WEATHERFORD, Texas  -   Authorities are investigating what brought down a small aircraft on Saturday.

Preliminary reports indicate that two people were injured.

The aircraft went down about 6:10 p.m. at a private airstrip in the Driftwood Ranch gated community in Parker County, according to Lonny Haschel, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman.

The 47-year-old pilot and a 34-year-old passenger were the only two occupants on board at the time of the crash, Haschel said. 

Both men, who have not been identified, were transported to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth with serious injuries, Haschel said.

The aircraft was described as a 2015 Pipistrel Virus SW, single-engine, fixed wing aircraft, Haschel said.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been notified and will be conducting an investigation into the crash.

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