Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Air Creation Clipper 582S, N5138J: Incident occurred October 08, 2017 in Ramona, San Diego County, California -and- Accident occurred April 08, 2009 at Anacortes Airport (74S), Skagit County, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego, California

http://registry.faa.gov/N5138J

Aircraft force landed in a field.

Date: 08-OCT-17
Time: 15:59:00Z
Regis#: N5138J
Aircraft Make: AIR CREATION
Aircraft Model: CLIPPER 582S
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: RAMONA
State: CALIFORNIA

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

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

NTSB Identification: WPR09CA186
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, April 08, 2009 in Anacortes, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/22/2009
Aircraft: AIR CREATION CLIPPER 58, registration: N5138J
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that the experimental weight-shift-control light sport aircraft (trike) experienced a partial loss of engine power during initial climb. The pilot noticed that the engine's throttle went to an idle setting upon climbing to a maximum height of 50 feet above the runway. The pilot made a forced landing on grass-covered terrain adjacent to the runway and the airplane collided with the airport's perimeter chain link fence. One of the trike's fabric wings was ripped over a foot-long span, and the cockpit enclosure was cracked. The pilot reported that no maintenance had been performed on the airplane since he purchased it about 2 months prior to the accident. According to the pilot, although the propeller continued rotating when the engine power loss occurred, insufficient power was produced to sustain flight. A Federal Aviation Administration inspector who examined the trike and interviewed the pilot reported that the trike's throttle is accessible to occupants located in both the front and rear seats. In his statement, the pilot opined that during takeoff the throttle was inadvertently retarded by the passenger in the front seat.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The partial loss of engine power due to the passenger's inadvertent movement of the engine throttle control.

The experimental weight-shift-control light sport aircraft (trike) experienced a partial loss of engine power during initial climb. The pilot reported that he noticed the engine's throttle went to an idle setting upon climbing to a maximum height of 50 feet above the runway. Thereafter the trike descended, and the pilot made a forced landing on grass-covered terrain adjacent to the runway. As the trike decelerated, it collided with the airport's perimeter chain link fence. The private pilot was not injured, and the passenger sustained a minor injury. One of the trike's fabric wings was ripped over a foot-long span, and the cockpit enclosure was cracked. 

The pilot reported to the National Transportation Safety Board investigator that no maintenance had been performed on the trike since he purchased it about 2 months prior to the accident. According to the pilot, although the propeller continued rotating when the engine power loss occurred, insufficient power was produced to sustain flight.

The Federal Aviation Administration coordinator who examined the trike and interviewed the pilot reported that the trike's throttle is accessible to occupants located in both the front and rear seats. The pilot opined that during takeoff, he did not notice that the throttle was inadvertently retarded by the passenger in the front seat.

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