Friday, October 27, 2017

Six Chuter Legend XL, N781SC: Accident occurred on October 26, 2017 in Mabton, Yakima County, Washington

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane, Washington

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Mabton, WA
Accident Number: GAA18CA029
Date & Time: 10/26/2017, 0900 PDT
Registration: N781SC
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Miscellaneous/other
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The pilot of the powered parachute reported that, during a biennial flight review, they descended to about 30 ft. above the ground to fly an arc around a field. While over the field, the powered parachute dropped another 10 to 15 ft. and he added power to compensate before initiating a left turn. He added that, during the turn, he saw transmission wires that neither he nor the flight instructor noticed prior. He applied full power and attempted a turn to avoid the wires. Subsequently, the powered parachute struck the transmission wires and impacted terrain.

The powered parachute sustained substantial damage to the fuselage. The pilot sustained serious injuries.

The flight instructor reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the powered parachute that would have precluded normal operation. 

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial; Sport Pilot
Age: 65, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Sport Pilot
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot Unknown
Last FAA Medical Exam: 
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/03/2017
Flight Time: (Estimated) 932 hours (Total, all aircraft), 185 hours (Total, this make and model), 699 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 33 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Sport Pilot
Age: 65, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Sport Pilot
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/27/2006
Occupational Pilot: 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: SIX CHUTER WEST LLC
Registration: N781SC
Aircraft Category: Powered Parachute
Year of Manufacture: 2016
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Special Light-Sport
Serial Number: 3172
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 12/04/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 93 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: ROTAX
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 912E
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 80 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: KRLD, 394 ft msl
Observation Time: 1555 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 27 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 75°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C / 7°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots, 330°
Visibility (RVR): 
Altimeter Setting: 30.3 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV): 
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: PROSSER, WA (S40)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: PROSSER, WA (S40)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0815 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 46.190556, -119.941944 (est)

One man was injured when a two-seated powered parachute craft hit electric lines and crashed near a Mabton-area dairy farm Thursday.

Bill Nelson, owner of SkyStriders Light Sport Aviation LLC of Prosser, was doing a flight review for another pilot around 9 a.m. when they hit power lines. A flight review is a test pilots are required to go through every two years to maintain their certification.

“We were practicing low-altitude maneuvers and flew into power lines we couldn’t see, and the aircraft got tangled up in that, and hit the ground,” Nelson said. The craft went down near 305 S. Fisher Road.

A powered parachute craft consists of a one- or two-seat cart with an engine, a large propeller on the back and a parachute for a wing. The craft are capable of flying as high as 10,000 feet and reach speeds of almost 30 mph.

Cormac Thompson, with the Port of Benton, said Nelson and the other man took off from the Prosser Airport.

Yakima County Fire District 5, Yakima County sheriff’s deputies,Mabton police, Benton Rural Electric Association and an ambulance crew from Prosser were on the scene. The pilot, who was not identified, was taken to Kadlec Regional Medical Center, while Nelson was not injured.

The craft was destroyed, Nelson said.

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