Monday, September 25, 2017

Emerson Kitfox, registered to a private individual and was being operated by the pilot, N91904: Accident occurred September 24, 2017 near Skydive Houston Airport (37XA), Waller, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity:  Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas


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


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

https://registry.faa.gov/N91904

Location: Waller, TX
Accident Number: CEN17LA366
Date & Time: 09/24/2017, 1700 CDT
Registration: N91904
Aircraft: EMERSON Kitfox
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (partial)
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 24, 2017, about 1700 central daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Emerson Kitfox airplane, N91904, collided with terrain following a loss of engine power after takeoff from the Skydive Houston Airport (37XA), Waller, Texas. The pilot was not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to a private individual and was being operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions existed near the accident site at the time of the flight, and a flight plan had not been filed. The flight was departing 37XA on a local flight.

The pilot reported he did a preflight and engine run-up and it appeared the airplane was operating normally. He decided to takeoff and fly around the traffic pattern. The airplane climbed to 300 to 400 ft above ground level when there was a partial loss of engine power. He stated that the engine continued to operate but did not develop enough power to sustain flight. The pilot attempted to land in a field near a residential area, and the airplane impacted a fence which resulted in substantial damage to the wings and fuselage. The pilot purchased the airplane in October 28, 2016, and the fuel in the airplane had not been changed since at least October 2016.

The airplane was manufactured in 2001 but had never received an airworthiness certificate. The pilot did not have a current medical certificate.

The wreckage was examined by a FAA operations inspector who performed a limited inspection of the airplane. The inspector determined there was fuel at the scene and there was no evidence of water in the fuel. No further examination into the cause of the loss of engine power was conducted. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 68, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: None Unknown
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  4000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 7 hours (Total, this make and model), 6 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: EMERSON
Registration: N91904
Model/Series: Kitfox
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2001
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 61
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 850 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 24 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: ROTAX
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 503 UL DCDI
Registered Owner: RAMSEY BRADY D
Rated Power: 52 hp
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: TME
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1708 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 170°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 5000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 9000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 120°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 29.83 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / 22°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Precipitation
Departure Point: Waller, TX (37XA)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Waller, TX (37XA)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1700 CDT
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: Skydive Houston Airport (37XA)
Runway Surface Type:
Airport Elevation: 235 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing

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:  29.984722, -95.931111

Location: Waller, TX
Accident Number: CEN17LA366
Date & Time: 09/24/2017, 1708 CDT
Registration: N91904
Aircraft: EPPERSON Kitfox
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On September 24, 2017, about 1708 central daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Epperson Kitfox, N91904, collided with terrain during the initial climb after takeoff from the Skydive Houston Airport (37XA), Waller, Texas. The pilot was not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to a private individual and was being operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions existed near the accident site at the time of the flight, and a flight plan had not been filed. The flight was departing 37XA on a local flight.

The pilot reported that the airplane climbed to 300 to 400 ft above ground level when there was a partial loss of engine power. The pilot attempted to land in a field near a residential area, but during the landing roll, the airplane impacted a fence which resulted in substantial damage to the wings and fuselage.

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