Friday, October 27, 2017

ELA Aviacion 10 Eclipse, N230MG: Accident occurred October 26, 2017 at Tri-Cities Airport (KTRI), Bristol, Sullivan County, Tennessee

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

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


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


http://registry.faa.gov/N230MG

Analysis 

The pilot of the gyroplane reported that, when he returned to the airport for landing, the wind was calm. After touchdown, the gyroplane was on a slow roll when the tower controller asked the pilot if he wanted to exit at intersection Charlie. The pilot was about to reply to the controller when the gyroplane unexpectedly tipped over and came to rest on its side.

The gyroplane sustained substantial damage to the horizontal and vertical stabilizers.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the gyroplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain lateral control during the landing roll.

Findings

Aircraft
Lateral/bank control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)


Location: Bristol, TN
Accident Number: GAA18CA026
Date & Time: 10/26/2017, 1240 EDT
Registration: N230MG
Aircraft: JOHN A BREWER ELA AVIACION 10 ECLIPSE
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot of the gyroplane reported that when he returned to the airport for landing, the winds were calm. After touchdown, the gyroplane was on a slow roll when the tower controller asked him if he wanted to exit at intersection Charlie. The pilot was about to reply to the controller when the gyroplane unexpectedly tipped over and came to rest on its side.

The gyroplane sustained substantial damage to the horizontal and vertical stabilizers.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the gyroplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 57, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Gyroplane
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/17/2013
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/25/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1570 hours (Total, all aircraft), 24 hours (Total, this make and model), 1480 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 40 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: JOHN A BREWER
Registration: N230MG
Model/Series: ELA AVIACION 10 ECLI NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Gyroplane
Year of Manufacture: 2016
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 1014
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/19/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1234 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 104 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 914 UL
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 115 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: KTRI, 1525 ft msl
Observation Time: 1653 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 64°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / 2°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable, Variable
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Bristol, TN (TRI)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Bristol, TN (TRI)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1140 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: TRI-CITIES (TRI)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1518 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 23
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 8000 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Traffic Pattern 

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:  36.468611, -82.415278 (est) Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N230MG

National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Factual Report

Location: Bristol, TN
Accident Number: GAA18CA026
Date & Time: 10/26/2017, 1240 EDT
Registration: N230MG
Aircraft: JOHN A BREWER ELA AVIACION 10 ECLIPSE
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot of the gyroplane reported that when he returned to the airport for landing, the winds were calm. After touchdown, the gyroplane was on a slow roll when the tower controller asked him if he wanted to exit at intersection Charlie. The pilot was about to reply to the controller when the gyroplane unexpectedly tipped over and came to rest on its side.

The gyroplane sustained substantial damage to the horizontal and vertical stabilizers.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the gyroplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 57, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Gyroplane
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/17/2013
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/25/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1570 hours (Total, all aircraft), 24 hours (Total, this make and model), 1480 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 40 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: JOHN A BREWER
Registration: N230MG
Model/Series: ELA AVIACION 10 ECLI NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Gyroplane
Year of Manufacture: 2016
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 1014
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/19/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1234 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 104 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 914 UL
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 115 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: KTRI, 1525 ft msl
Observation Time: 1653 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 64°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / 2°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable, Variable
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Bristol, TN (TRI)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Bristol, TN (TRI)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1140 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: TRI-CITIES (TRI)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1518 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 23
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 8000 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Traffic Pattern 

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:  36.468611, -82.415278 (est)



BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. — Public safety officers are investigating after an aircraft crashed Thursday at Tri-Cities Airport.

Sullivan County Emergency Management Director Jim Beam said a small two-seat aircraft was hovering close to the ground when it hit the tarmac and rolled over about 12:30 p.m.

The crashed vehicle appeared to be a gyrocopter, an aircraft that uses propellers to get airborne — similar to a helicopter, but smaller and less powerful.

The aircraft’s pilot, the only person on board, was walking around soon after the crash, Beam said. No one was injured on the ground.

Airport spokeswoman Kristi Haulsee said the incident resulted in the temporary closure of the main runway. A Delta flight from Atlanta was diverted as the runway was closed, but the flight was able to land later Thursday afternoon, she added. The runway was closed for more than an hour.

Haulsee said the airport’s public safety office is investigating the incident. The office will write an incident report and send it to the Flight Standards District Office in Nashville, which is part of the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA may decide to follow up with its own investigation, she added.

The gyrocopter, which received some damage, was cleared from the runway and could be seen Thursday afternoon in an airport hangar.

The airport resumed normal operations by 2 p.m.

http://www.heraldcourier.com

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