Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Globe GC-1A Swift, N90365: Accident occurred October 09, 2017 at Mid Valley Airpark (E98), Los Lunas, Valencia County, New Mexico

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

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


NTSB Identification: CEN18LA012
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, October 09, 2017 in Los Lunas, NM
Aircraft: GLOBE GC 1A, registration: N90365
Injuries: 1 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On October 9, 2017, about 1425 mountain daylight time, a Globe Swift GC-1A airplane, N90365, impacted a steel culvert structure following a loss of control during takeoff from the Mid Valley Airpark (E98), Los Lunas, New Mexico. The private pilot sustained serious injuries, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and a flight plan was not filed. The flight was originating from E98 at the time of the accident and was destined for Las Vegas, Nevada.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration inspector who responded to the accident site, the airplane arrived to E98 to refuel the day before the accident after attending a Swift airplane event in Texas. During the subsequent takeoff from E98, the airplane ground looped and sustained unknown damage to the airplane. Over the course of that day and the day of the accident, the pilot, who was also a mechanic, completed repairs to the airplane. A portion of the repairs included welding to the right main landing strut assembly, and any additional repairs to the airplane were unknown.

During takeoff from runway 36 (4,332 ft long by 37 ft wide) at E98 on the day of the accident, the airplane veered to the left of the runway and struck a berm. The airplane became airborne and then impacted a steel culvert structure adjacent to the runway. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and wings. 

Examination of the airplane by the FAA inspector revealed the left main landing gear strut assembly was broken.

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