Thursday, June 1, 2017

Unregistered Kolb Firefly: Accident occurred October 28, 2016 near West Middlesex Airport (PA21), Mercer County, Pennsylvania

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

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


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


NTSB Identification: ERA17CA030
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, October 28, 2016 in West Middlesex, PA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/20/2017
Aircraft: KOLB FIRE FLY, registration: UNREG
Injuries: 2 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

According to the noncertificated pilot of the unregistered airplane, he was flying at a low altitude when he encountered a wind gust. He then lost control of the airplane, and it subsequently impacted trees, which resulted in substantial damage to the airframe. The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions of the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The noncertificated pilot’s loss of airplane control while maneuvering at a low altitude.

The pilot reported that there were no pre-impact mechanical failures or malfunctions of the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

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