Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Kitfox Series 7, N702KF: Accident occurred July 18, 2017 at Owyhee Reservoir State Airport (28U), Malheur County, Oregon

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

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA424 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 18, 2017 in Owyhee, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/14/2017
Aircraft: SALERNO KENNETH G JR KITFOX SERIES 7, registration: N702KF
Injuries: 1 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.

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the takeoff roll on a rough, dirt airstrip, the airplane encountered a “hump” and bounced prematurely. He added that, when the airplane touched back down, one of the tires hit a “rut,” and the airplane veered left toward a tall sage brush. He further added that he “didn’t correct direction properly” and attempted to rotate the airplane “early” to clear the sage brush, but the airplane’s main landing gear impacted the sage brush, which resulted in a nose-over.  

The fuselage and left wing sustained substantial damage.  

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

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during takeoff from a rough, dirt airstrip.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

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

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


NTSB Identification: GAA17CA424
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 18, 2017 in Owyhee, OR
Aircraft: SALERNO KENNETH G JR KITFOX SERIES 7, registration: N702KF
Injuries: 1 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.

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the takeoff roll on a rough, dirt airstrip, the airplane encountered a "hump" and bounced into the air prematurely. He added that, when the airplane touched back down, one of the tires hit a "rut" and the airplane veered left toward a tall sage brush. He further added that he "didn't correct direction properly" and attempted to rotate the airplane "early" to clear the sage brush, but the airplane's main landing gear impacted the sage brush, which resulted -in a nose over.

The fuselage and left wing sustained substantial damage. 

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

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