Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Rans S-17, N117BE: Accident occurred August 21, 2017 at Erie Municipal Airport (KEIK), Weld 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: CEN17LA327
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, August 21, 2017 in Erie, CO
Aircraft: GREENE R/GREENE S RANS S 17, registration: N117BE
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 August 21, 2017, about 1845 mountain daylight time, a Rans S-17 airplane, N117BE, impacted the runway at the Erie Municipal Airport (KEIK), Erie, Colorado. The uncertificated pilot sustained minor injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident.

According to information provided by the pilot, while departing on runway 15, the engine did not seem to be producing full power. The airplane then settled back to the runway, ground looped, and nosed over.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

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