Monday, July 24, 2017

BAC 167 Strikemaster Mk. 80A, N605GV, Blue Air Training LLC: Accident occurred July 24, 2017 near Henderson Executive Airport (KHND), Clark County, Nevada

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas, Nevada

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Operator: Blue Air Training LLC

Attack Aviation Foundation Inc

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA163
14 CFR Public Aircraft
Accident occurred Monday, July 24, 2017 in Las Vegas, NV
Aircraft: BRITISH AIRCRAFT CORP. BAC STKMSTR MK80, registration: N605GV
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 July 24, 2017, about 1156 Pacific daylight time, an experimental British Aircraft Corp. BAC STKMSTR MK80, N605GV, was destroyed when it collided with the ground shortly after takeoff at the Henderson Executive Airport (HND) Las Vegas, Nevada. The commercial pilot, sole occupant of the airplane, sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to Attack Aviation Foundation Inc., and operated by Blue Air Training LLC, for the U.S. Department of Defense as a public aircraft in support of the U.S. Air Force. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the cross-country ferry flight. The flight originated about 1155 with a destination of Reno/Tahoe International Airport, Reno, Nevada. 

According to the pilot, shortly after takeoff, the airplane failed to accelerate and he was unable to initiate a normal climb. The airplane subsequently struck terrain and was consumed by fire.

Examination of the accident site by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the airplane came to rest upright, about 1/4 mile south of the departure end of runway 17R. All major components of the airplane were located in the wreckage.

The airplane wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

BAC-167 Strikemaster plane crashed about a half mile south of Volunteer Boulevard, just outside of Henderson Executive Airport, shortly before noon Monday.

Witnesses at the scene say the plane burst into flames upon impact.

The pilot was the sole person onboard the plane at the time of the crash. Reports say that he is outside of the plane but the extent of his injuries is unknown.

The following statement was issued by Blue Air Training:

Blue Air Training experienced the loss of an aircraft today during a routine takeoff. Thankfully our most valuable asset, our people, are safe as the single pilot walked away from the scene completely uninjured. There was no damage to anything on the ground. We are working with the Air Force, NTSB, and the FAA to ensure this is properly handled.

The aircraft involved was a BAC-167 Strikemaster, a single-engine tactical jet, which provides close air support training for military members maintaining their Joint Terminal Attack Control qualification. This training enables military members from multiple services to control aircraft as certified Joint Terminal Attack Controllers -- these individuals are able to direct air-to-ground munition employment and sensor allocation. Blue Air Training is contracted to provide close air support to Air Force Special Operations Command. In this incident, the aircraft was on its way to support a routine training event for Special Tactics Airmen. Blue Air Training is required to follow all Air Force guidelines and policy to safety, processes, and inspections, which are more stringent than FAA standards. 

HENDERSON, Nev. — Officials are investigating a single-engine plane crash south of Henderson Executive Airport.

According to Kathleen Richards with the Henderson Fire Department, the crash was reported just after 12 p.m. Monday, about a quarter mile south of the airfield.

Christine Crews with McCarran International Airport says the aircraft was a vintage plane, known as an RAF Strikemaster jet.

There were no reported injuries in the crash, which only had one person on board at the time.

According to a representative with the FAA, the jet crashed under unknown circumstances right after taking off from Henderson Executive Airport and two FAA inspectors are en route to the crash site.

Flames were reported after the crash, so Henderson Fire is assisting with water efforts.

A British-built military jet crashed and burned in the desert just after takeoff today from Henderson Executive Airport, but authorities said the pilot escaped serious injury.

The pilot was the only person aboard the Strikemaster jet when it crashed just before noon about a half mile south of the airport, according to police, fire, airport and Federal Aviation Administration officials.

No one on the ground was injured, and the closest homes were about a half mile away, Henderson Fire Department spokeswoman Kathleen Richards said.

Airport spokeswoman Christine Crews said police were interviewing the pilot after the crash, and FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said the pilot also will meet with agency investigators. His name was not immediately made public.

The Strikemaster is a two-seat light-attack aircraft.

Nearly 150 of the jets were produced by British Aircraft Corporation from 1967 to 1984.

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