Sunday, June 4, 2017

Excalibur, N78DZ: Accident occurred June 05, 2017 near Double Eagle II Airport (KAEG), Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA216 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, June 05, 2017 in Albuquerque, NM
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 June 4, 2017, about 0824 central daylight time, an experimental Excaliber Light Sport Aircraft (LSA), N78DZ, registered to the pilot, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain near Albuquerque, New Mexico, during an emergency landing due to flight control anomalies. The commercial pilot, who was the sole occupant, was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed throughout the area and a flight plan was not filed. The personal flight was being conducted under the provisions of Federal Code of Regulations Part 91. The local flight originated at 0715 from the Double Eagle Airport (AEG), Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was enroute back to AEG when the accident occurred.

The pilot had been flying a little over an hour without any problems since takeoff from AEG. He was flying straight and level, about 75 mph, when the pitch control became erratic. The control stick started slamming fore and aft to the limits and the nose began pitching up and down. The airplane began buffeting like it was going to come apart. The pilot declared an emergency and reduced airspeed to 50-60 mph, which slightly lessened the fore and aft stick movement and pitch, but did not control it. The pilot turned to clear steep terrain and choose a relatively flat field for an emergency landing. He was able to make final directional corrections and flew the airplane to landing about 40-45 mph and 200-300 fpm rate of descent. The airplane remained upright, but the nose gear and the left main gear sheared off, the airplane turned 180-degrees, and the left wing and horizontal stabilizer struck the ground.

Inspection of the aircraft after the accident revealed a broken, right elevator control rod. The left elevator control rod was not broken. The control rod that separated was a factory-supplied, 1/2-inch aluminum tube with bearings at each end. The attach points of the control rods appeared to be intact. The bearings were still connected and safety wired and all other control rod linkages and attach points were connected. There was normal movement of the left elevator control system (rod still intact), The control damaged control (right elevator) and the intact control rod (left elevator) were sent to the NTSB Materials Laboratory for further evaluation. 

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — State Police say a small “handcrafted” airplane was forced into a “hard landing” near the Double Eagle Airport on Sunday after a piece of equipment broke. The pilot, the only person inside of the plane, was not injured.

Bernalillo County deputies initially described the incident as a plane crash, but a State Police spokeswoman later clarified that the experimental airplane was simply forced to land three miles from the airport around 9 a.m. Sunday. The plane sustained minor damage.

Bernalillo County deputy Joshua Campos said the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office Air Unit helped search the mesa area southwest of the airport in reference to a downed aircraft.

“The air unit located the plane and pilot without any injuries,” he said.

According to State Police, the Federal Aviation Administration was notified and will conduct an investigation.

Original article can be found here:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A small experimental plane made a hard landing Sunday morning near the Double Eagle Airport in Albuquerque.

New Mexico State Police say the airplane was located three miles southwest of the airport.

Officials say the pilot was forced to land after he discovered a piece of equipment on the airplane had broken.

The pilot walked away without any injuries.

No one else was on board.

Federal aviation authorities will be conducting an investigation.

Original article can be found here:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a small “handcrafted” airplane that crashed about three miles southwest of the Double Eagle Airport sometime Sunday morning, according to New Mexico State Police.

Police said they were contacted at about 9 a.m. by U.S. Air Force officials about a possible downed aircraft in the area. NMSP officials, along with the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, searched the area to find the plane and pilot, who was not injured.

There was no one else on the plane.

The pilot told police that he was forced to land after finding a piece of equipment on his plane was broken. Police said the plane suffered minor damage. 

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