Thursday, October 05, 2017

Stoddard-Hamilton Glasair Super II RG, N248ST: Accident occurred October 05, 2017 near Santa Ynez Airport (KIZA), Barbara County, California

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys, California

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: WPR18LA007
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, October 05, 2017 in Santa Ynez, CA
Aircraft: THOMAS STEPHEN GLASAIR SUPER II RG, registration: N248ST
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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 5, 2017, at 1053 Pacific daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Glasair Super II RG kit airplane, N248ST, made a forced landing to a grassy field following a loss of engine power at the Santa Ynez Airport (IZA), Santa Ynez, California. The pilot/owner operated the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. The pilot was not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage during the landing rollout when it impacted a perimeter fence and a dirt berm. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight that was departing at the time of the accident. No flight plan had been filed.

According to the pilot's written statement, his intent was to do touch-and-go takeoffs and landings. After performing a walk-around inspection, he entered the airplane and started the engine normally. He taxied the airplane to the run-up area for runway 26 and performed a run-up; the run-up was normal. He performed the pre-flight checklist and announced on Universal Communications (UNICOM) that he was taking off. The pilot stated that there were no problems with the first takeoff and landing. After landing, he decided to taxi back to the run-up area for runway 26.

Shorty after the second takeoff, the pilot noticed that the engine had stopped producing power. He initiated a left turn to enter the pattern, but the airplane was descending. The pilot stated that he had to make a forced landing to an open field; he reduced the throttle and leveled the wings in preparation for landing. The pilot landed on a grassy field and the airplane collided with a perimeter fence.

An inspector from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) responded to the accident site. He verified that fuel was present in the fuel tanks. The pilot told him that he had refueled the airplane with 15 gallons of fuel in each wing, about 2 weeks before the accident.

A single-engine airplane lost power while taking off and crashed into a field just outside of the Santa Ynez Airport on Thursday morning. 

At about 10:43 a.m., Santa Barbara County Fire responded to the Santa Ynez Airport for a report of a plane that went down. When units arrived, they found a single-engine aircraft with just one pilot on board and no other passengers, according to County Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni. 

The plane reportedly lost power while taking off and crashed through a barbed wire fence, ending up on a field at the west end of the airport, Zaniboni said. The pilot was able to self-extricate and suffered no injuries; however, the plane incurred some damage and had a small fuel leak. 

Crews remained on scene attempting to unload the fuel from the aircraft and stop the leak, Zaniboni added.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration have been notified and will work to tow the aircraft away from the field and back into the hangar at the airport. 

Original article can be found here:

SANTA YNEZ, Calif. - No one was hurt Thursday morning after a small plane was forced to make an emergency landing near the Santa Ynez Airport.

At about 10:43 a.m., Crews with the Santa Barbara County Fire Department responded to the Santa Ynez Airport for a report of a plane crash.

The single-engine plane had lost power while taking off from the airport and crashed through a barbed wire fence before ending up in a field on the west end of the airport, according to Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni. The plane was reportedly 50 feet up in the air when it lost power.

The pilot was the only one on board at the time of the incident. He self-extricated from the Glasair experimental aircraft and was not hurt.

The small aircraft suffered damage and there was a small fuel leak due to the emergency landing. Fire crews worked to stop the leak.

The NTSB and the FAA were notified of the incident and are on their way to the airport. They'll be towing the plane from the field to a hangar at the Santa Ynez Airport. 

Original article can be found here ➤

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