Monday, September 25, 2017

Kitfox, 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 Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

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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