Friday, May 05, 2017

Van's RV-8A, N832SD: Accident occurred May 04, 2017 at Centennial Airport (KAPA), Englewood, Arapahoe County, Colorado

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA257
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 04, 2017 in Englewood, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/20/2017
Aircraft: NELSON SYDNEY VANS ACFT RV8A, registration: N832SD
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 reported that, during the landing flare in gusting crosswind conditions, he realized that the descent rate was a “little fast/ heavy,” so he “reached to [the] left to add power and smooth out [the] flare.” He further reported that he mistakenly grabbed the “red knob” (the mixture control), instead of the throttle, to arrest the descent rate. Subsequently, the airplane continued to descend, bounced hard on the runway, and became airborne again. When the airplane settled back onto the runway, the nose landing gear collapsed, the propeller struck the runway, and the airplane veered off the runway to the left and nosed over.  
The fuselage and vertical stabilizer sustained substantial damage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
An automated weather observation station at the accident airport recorded that, about the time of the accident, wind was from 360° at 8 knots, gusting 15 knots. The pilot reported that the landing was on runway 28. 

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's improper landing flare and inadvertent selection of the mixture control, which resulted in a hard, bounced landing during gusting crosswind wind conditions.

ENGLEWOOD, Colorado  — A single-engine airplane crashed at Centennial Airport on Thursday morning, South Metro Fire Rescue said.

The plane crashed about 11:30 a.m. just west of Runway 28 and flipped over, airport officials said.

One person was on board the plane and suffered minor injuries. They were treated at the scene. The name, age and gender of the pilot were not released.

The Vans RV-8A experimental aircraft was approaching from the east when the crash happened.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Story and photo: 

A small plane is upside down along a runway at Centennial Airport in the southwestern portion of the Denver metro area.

The airport reports there was only a pilot on board the Van's RV-8A experimental aircraft when it crashed before noon Thursday.

At the time, the pilot was on approach for a landing from the east.

The pilot only suffered minor injuries. The plane is still intact. Runway 10/28 is closed at the small airport as the NTSB looks into the incident.

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