Friday, September 08, 2017

Kitfox IV 1200 Speedster, N16KR: Accident occurred September 05, 2017 in Raymond, Hinds County, Mississippi

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Jackson, Mississippi

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Raymond, MS
Accident Number: ERA17LA314
Date & Time: 09/05/2017, 1835 CDT
Registration: N16KR
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 5, 2017, about 1835 central daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Kitfox IV 1200 Speedster, N16KR, was substantially damaged during a forced landing in Raymond, Mississippi. The sport pilot was not injured. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time, and no flight plan was filed for local flight that departed a private airport about 1830. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the pilot, during the initial climb at an altitude of about 250 ft, the engine lost partial power. He attempted to restore power by adjusting the throttle and was unsuccessful. A few seconds later the engine lost all power. He then performed a successful forced landing to a field. During the landing rollout, the airplane struck a log and flipped over.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed substantial damage to the left wing outboard of the wing strut, and buckling of the fuselage about midway between the rear window and the vertical stabilizer.

According to the airplane logbook, the most recent condition inspection was performed August 22, 2017, about 1 flight hour prior to the accident. The last maintenance entry, dated September 1, 2017, read "replaced fuel line at fuel cut off valve." 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: RUDDER DWIGHT K
Registration: N16KR
Model/Series: KITFOX IV 1200 SPDST
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KJVW, 247 ft msl
Observation Time: 1835 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 26°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  8 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.88 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Raymond, MS (PVT)
Destination: Raymond, MS (PVT) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  32.175000, -90.482500 (est)

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