Friday, June 30, 2017

Rand KR-2, N269HJ: Accident occurred June 30, 2017 at Baker-Sky Ranch Airport (18FD), Baker, Okaloosa County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Birmingham, Alabama

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA220
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 30, 2017 in Baker, FL
Aircraft: Nunley KR2, registration: N269HJ
Injuries: 1 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 June 30, 2017, about 1238 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built KR2, N269HJ, was destroyed following a collision with terrain at Skypark Estates Airpark (18FD), Baker, Florida. The commercial pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 91 as a personal flight. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

A witness was on the airfield and observed the airplane as it took off on runway 27. About 300 to 500 ft agl, after takeoff, the engine sputtered and changed sound. This occurred as the pilot began a 45ยบ climbing turn to the right. The pilot then began a "tight" turn to the left and the airplane descended toward the ground. The witness reported that the engine appeared to be running throughout the accident sequence and may have been near idle power during the descent.
The airplane collided with the ground and first responders assisted the pilot out of the wreckage.

An inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. The wings separated from the airframe and were found fragmented. The engine and propeller separated from the forward fuselage. The empennage remained attached to the aft fuselage.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

BAKER — A Baker man is being treated at the Fort Walton Beach Medical Center after his experimental aircraft crashed around 11 a.m. Friday morning short of the runway at the Sky Ranch airstrip in Baker.

According to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, witnesses said they heard the engine sputtering prior to the crash landing. There were no reports of a fire and the pilot had pain, but no visible injuries.

The pilot was alert and conscious when transported.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been contacted.

This is the second airplane crash on the Emerald Coast in less than a week.

On Saturday, an airplane carrying an Arkansas couple crashed in Sand Hills, just north of Panama City, after it lost power for unknown reasons. That crash is still under investigation. The couple was taken to the hospital in serious condition.

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