Thursday, June 1, 2017

Nieuport 28, N6165: Accident occurred May 31, 2017 at Jesse Viertel Memorial Airport (KVER), Boonville, Cooper County, Missouri

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Kansas City, Missouri

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N6165


Location: Boonville, MO
Accident Number: CEN17LA206
Date & Time: 05/31/2017, 1920 CDT
Registration: N6165
Aircraft: KENNETH B HINES NIEUPORT 28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (partial)
Injuries: N/A
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Flight Test 

On June 1, 2017, about 1920 central daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Nieuport 28 airplane, N6165, experienced a loss of engine power on takeoff and collided with terrain near Boonville, Missouri. The pilot was not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a test flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight and a flight plan was not filed. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident.

According to information provided to the responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector by the pilot, the flight was the first for the airplane since built. The pilot had ground-run the engine a couple days prior to the flight. On the day of the accident, the pilot reported that he took off with about 18 gallons of fuel. When the airplane was about 30-50 ft above ground level, the engine "sagged." He pulled the mixture and landed straight ahead on the remaining runway. The landing was "rough" and the airplane landed hard resulting in a collapse of the landing gear. The airplane nosed over resulting insubstantial damage to the vertical stabilizer and rudder.

Examination of the engine by the FAA inspector revealed several air leaks in the induction system to include the vacuum takeoff port cap on the carburetor and the rudder seal on the left-hand induction manifold adapter.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 61, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/03/2006
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: KENNETH B HINES
Registration: N6165
Model/Series: NIEUPORT 28 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2016
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 061112
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats:
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer:  Volkswagen
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: 2130
Registered Owner: HINES KENNETH B
Rated Power:
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: KVER, 716 ft msl
Observation Time: 1915 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 333°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 10°C
Lowest Ceiling:  None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration:  No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Boonville, MO (VER)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Boonville, MO (VER)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: CDT
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: JESSE VIERTEL MEMORIAL (VER)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 715 ft
Runway Surface Condition:
Runway Used: 36
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4000 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing 

Wreckage and Impact Information

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

Latitude, Longitude: 38.946667, -92.682778 (est)

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA206
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 31, 2017 in Boonville, MO
Aircraft: KENNETH B HINES NIEUPORT 28, registration: N6165
Injuries: Unavailable

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 1, 2017, about 1920 central daylight time, a Kenneth B Hine Nieuport 28 airplane, N6165, experienced a loss of engine power on takeoff and collided with terrain near Boonville, Missouri. The pilot was not 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 test flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight and a flight plan was not filed. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident.

According to information provided to the responding Federal Aviation Administration inspector, the flight was the first for the airplane since built. The airplane had departed and was about 30 ft in the air when the engine began to run rough. The pilot reduced power to land on the runway. The airplane landed hard collapsing the landing gear. The airplane nosed over and came to rest upside down. Substantial damage was sustained to the vertical stabilizer and rudder.

The airplane was retained for further examination.



BOONVILLE, Mo. - A pilot is unharmed after his plane landed upside down at Boonville's airport Wednesday night.

Lt. James Deckard with the Boonville Police Department said a 911 call was made about the crash-landing around 7:20 p.m. 

Emergency crews arrived at the Jesse Viertel Memorial Airport to find a single prop experimental plane upside down on the runway.

According to Deckard, the certified pilot had taken off and was about 100 feet in the air when he noticed the engine failed.

He was able to bring the plane back down to the runway but was unable to control it as it landed. 

Once on the ground, the pilot was able to get out of the plane and call for help.

He suffered no injuries and was the only occupant of the aircraft.

The runway was shut down while crews investigated and the Federal Aviation Administration was notified about the crash.

This incident comes more than a month after a separate Cooper County crash that left two dead.

Story and video:  http://www.abc17news.com

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