Monday, July 17, 2017

Glasair SH2, N181AL: Accident occurred July 15, 2017 at Meadow Lake Airport (KFLY), Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA274
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 15, 2017 in Colorado Springs, CO
Aircraft: Endler Glasair SH2, registration: N181AL
Injuries: 2 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 July 15, 2017, about 1300 mountain daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Endler Glasair SH2, N181AL, impacted terrain during takeoff from Meadow Lake Airport (FLY), Colorado Springs, Colorado. A post-impact fire ensued destroying the airplane. The pilot and passenger on board were uninjured. The airplane was operated by the pilot under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight that was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident.

While taking off on runway 15 at FLY (6,000 feet by 60 feet, asphalt), the airplane ground looped and veered off the runway striking a taxiway light. The airplane then caught on fire.


PEYTON, Colo. — Officials say a sudden severe wind gust from an approaching storm may have caused a plane to veer off the runway and hit a culvert before catching fire Saturday afternoon.

It happened around 1 p.m. at Meadow Lake Airport located at 12850 E. Highway 24.

According to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, the plane veered off the runway and hit a culvert. The plane then spun around and caught fire, according to authorities.

The pilot and passenger were able to exit the plane and were not injured. 

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire.

Authorities say the pilot was authorized to remove the wreckage.

Representatives of the National Transportation Safety Board and the Denver Flight Standards District Office were notified but determined they would not respond to conduct a further investigation.

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