Monday, July 17, 2017

Turbine Cubs of Wyoming PA-18, N181TJ: Accident occurred October 15, 2017 in Skull Valley, Tooele County, Utah -and- Accident occurred July 14, 2017 in Shoshoni, Fremont County, Wyoming

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: WPR18LA009
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, October 15, 2017 in Skull Valley, UT
Aircraft: BARBER WARREN D TURBINE CUBS P A 18, registration: N181TJ
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 October 15, 2017, about 1000 mountain daylight time, a tailwheel equipped Barber Turbine Cubs PA-18, N181TJ, nosed over during a precautionary landing near Skull Valley, Utah. The private pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and empennage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight which originated from West Jordan, Utah, about 0915. 

The pilot reported that after descending to an altitude of about 250 to 300 feet above ground level, he applied power to initiate a climb. As he increased power, the engine "coughed" and the pilot applied carburetor heat. The pilot stated that the engine did not seem to accelerate as normal, and decided to initiate a precautionary landing to an open salt flat ahead. During the tail low landing, shortly after the main landing gear touched the ground, the airplane immediately nosed over. 

The wreckage has been relocated to a secure location for further examination.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aircraft made a precautionary landing on a road, propeller separated.

Date: 14-JUL-17
Time: 14:30:00Z
Regis#: N181TJ
Aircraft Make: TURBINE CUBS
Aircraft Model: P A 18
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

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