Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Avions Mudry CIE CAP 231, N231X, Airblair Aerobatics LLC: Accident occurred May 27, 2017 at Keller Brothers Airport (08N), Lebanon County, Pennsylvania

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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

Airblair Aerobatics LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N231X

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA194
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 27, 2017 in Lebanon, PA
Aircraft: AVIONS MUDRY CIE CAP 231, registration: N231X
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 27, 2017, about 1330 eastern daylight time, a privately operated Avions Mudry CIE CAP 231, N231X, was substantially damaged during a forced landing at the Keller Brothers Airport (08N), Lebanon, Pennsylvania. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was being operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations as a Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the local flight which originated about 10 minutes earlier from 08N.

The pilot stated that he was over 08N in the active aerobatics box practicing maneuvers, when the engine made a metallic rattling sound and shook during a climb. He leveled the airplane, reduced manifold pressure and announced that he was returning to 08N over the common traffic advisory frequency. As he turned towards the runway, the engine rattled and shook more, and then stopped producing power. The pilot attempted to restart the engine but was unsuccessful. He planned a high base leg and side slip onto the final approach leg of the airport traffic pattern to assure that the airplane would reach the runway. While gliding, he determined that the airplane felt unstable under 100 mph, and conducted the approach at a speed of 100 mph. During the subsequent landing flare, the airplane floated, touched down beyond midpoint of the nearly 2,700 ft long grass runway, and bounced. The pilot applied hard braking; however, the airplane rolled off the end of the runway, down an embankment, and nosed over.

Examination of the engine was pending recovery of the airplane.

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