Sunday, June 4, 2017

Titan T-51 Mustang, N51FB: Accident occurred June 04, 2017 at Goodyear Airport (KGYR), Maricopa County, Arizona

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA121
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 04, 2017 in Goodyear, AZ
Aircraft: Bob Frederick Titan T-51, registration: N51FB
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, at 0917 mountain standard time, an experimental Bob Frederick (Titan Aircraft), Titan T-51 Mustang, N51FB, lost engine power during takeoff from Phoenix Goodyear Airport, Goodyear, Arizona. The flight instructor was not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and aft fuselage during the forced landing. The airplane was registered to the builder, and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight, and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot reported that immediately after takeoff, the airplane began to vibrate. It felt like one of the wheels was still spinning, so he applied the brakes, but it continued. As he transitioned the airplane to the downwind leg, the vibration increased and the engine began to stream smoke. As he initiated a return to runway 21, the cockpit filled with smoke, and the engine lost power. Unable to reach the runway, he landed short in the adjacent dirt area, where the landing gear collapsed.

The airplane was equipped with a Suzuki six-cylinder, 2.7-liter automobile engine. Post-accident examination revealed two holes in the lower left side of the engines crankcase, adjacent to the cylinder number 4 crankshaft journal.

AIRCRAFT:  2015 Titan T-51 Mustang; N51FB; s/n MO4XXXS0HK0052

ENGINE - M&M, S/N:              Suzuki H27A                           sn H27A-180056

PROPELLER – M&M, S/N:       Whirlwind 100-4-84D             sn 100-4-84D-191

APPROXIMATE TOTAL HOURS (estimated TT & TSMO from logbooks or other information):

ENGINE:    43 TT as of 6/4/2017

PROPELLER:   43 TT  as of 6/4/2017

AIRFRAME:   43 TT  as of 6/4/2017

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  Aircraft sustained engine failure and subsequent fire in flight and crashed short of the runway.  Exact cause of engine failure unknown.

 DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:    Damage includes, but not limited to prop strike, cowling, main gear collapsed, both wings, belly, fuselage wrinkling.  Engine is partially disassembled

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:  Private Hangar, Goodyear Airport (KGYR)  Arizona

REMARKS:  Sold AS IS/WHERE IS.  Engine Partially disassembled.

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