Sunday, September 24, 2017

Avid SW 65, N65SW: Accident occurred September 24, 2017 in Darlington, South Carolina

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbia, South Carolina

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA334
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 24, 2017 in Darlington, SC
Aircraft: MCMILLAN JOEL L AVID SW 65, registration: N65SW
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 September 24, 2017, about 1410 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Avid SW 65, N65SW, operated by the private pilot, was substantially damaged during a forced landing, following a total loss of engine power during initial climb from a private airstrip near Darlington, South Carolina. The private pilot was seriously injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from Lumberton Regional Airport (LBT), Lumberton, North Carolina.

The pilot reported that he had planned on landing at an approximate 700-foot turf runway used by a radio-controlled airplane club. In preparation for the landing, he performed a low-pass to examine the runway condition and check for any obstacles. Following the low pass, he initiated a left climbing turn, during which the engine lost all power. The pilot switched fuel tanks, but the engine did not regain power. The pilot then intentionally slowed and stalled the airplane just above trees and it collided with the trees and ground, coming to rest inverted. The pilot further stated that the fuel tanks were constructed of fiberglass and he used automotive gasoline in the airplane.

Initial examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the right wing had separated during impact and fuel had leaked from the right wing into the ground. The left wing remained attached to the fuselage and both were also substantially damaged. Subsequent examination of the wreckage by the pilot revealed that the fuel filter was clogged with dirt and fiberglass.

DOVESVILLE, SC (WBTW) – The Darlington County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed a plane has crashed in Darlington County.

According to Lt. Kilgo with the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office, the plane went down off of Dovesville Highway around 2 p.m. Sunday.

There was only one person in the plane, who received only minor injuries.

The plane is a small, privately-owned aircraft.

Darlington County Sheriff’s have reached out the Federal Aviation Administration about this incident.

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