Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Indy Aircraft LTD T-Bird II, N1018J: Accident occurred July 17, 2017 in Dunn Center, Dunn County, North Dakota

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fargo, North Dakota

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


NTSB Identification: CEN17LA275
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, July 17, 2017 in Dunn Center, ND
Aircraft: INDY AIRCRAFT LTD T BIRD, registration: N1018J
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 17, 2017, about 1900 central daylight time, an Indy Aircraft LTD T-Bird II airplane, N1018J, impacted power lines and terrain near Dunn Center, North Dakota. The pilot sustained minor injuries and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The unregistered airplane was operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight had just departed from a gravel road. 

The responding law enforcement officer, who spoke to the pilot after the accident, stated that the pilot pulled the airplane out of its storage building and then observed the wind conditions for a while to decide in which direction he should depart. 

The pilot later stated to the NTSB that the takeoff to the south was normal until the wind lifted the left wing and the airplane unexpectedly veered to the right. The airplane descended and impacted a hill, became airborne again, then impacted power lines. The airplane came to rest in a field underneath the power lines. 

The airplane has been retained for further examination.

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