Thursday, July 20, 2017

Costruzioni Aeronautiche Tecnam P2008, N445X: Accident occurred July 17, 2017 at Tri-County Regional Airport (KLNR), Lone Rock, Richland County, Wisconsin

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Lone Rock, WI
Accident Number: GAA17CA420
Date & Time: 07/17/2017, 2000 CDT
Registration: N445X
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The solo student pilot reported that he was practicing a stop and go landing on the asphalt runway.

He recalled that the downwind leg of the approach pattern, headed into a bright sunset. On short final, "a medium sized, reddish brown animal ran across the runway near the numbers from right to left." The pilot over flew the animal and the airplane bounced upon touchdown. He applied full power to abort the landing, but the airplane veered left and exited the left side of the runway. About 40-feet from the runway, the airplane encountered soft soil and nosed over.

During a conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board Investigator-in-charge, the student pilot stated that he may have become fixated on the animal during the approach. He could not recall whether he manipulated the yoke to avoid the animal.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left-wing strut.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 51, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot None
Last FAA Medical Exam: 
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/15/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 42 hours (Total, all aircraft), 42 hours (Total, this make and model), 5 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 30 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 25 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N445X
Model/Series: P2008 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2016
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Special Light-Sport
Serial Number: 119
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/23/2017,
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 65.6 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT:  C126 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 914
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 115 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLNR, 721 ft msl
Observation Time: 0056 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 273°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 18°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots, 160°
Visibility (RVR): 
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):  
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Lone Rock, WI (LNR)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Lone Rock, WI (LNR)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1935 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 717 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 09
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5000 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing:  Go Around; Stop and Go; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  43.211944, -90.179722 (est)

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