Monday, November 27, 2017

Quicksilver GT 500, N599RA: Accident occurred November 25, 2017 at Willows-Glenn County Airport (KWLW), Willows, 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; Sacramento, California

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Willows, CA
Accident Number: WPR18LA036
Date & Time: 11/25/2017, 1515 PST
Registration: N599RA
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On November 25, 2017, about 1515 Pacific standard time, a Doshier Wilbert (Quicksilver) GT-500, N599RA, was substantially damaged during forced landing following a loss of engine power at Willows-Glenn County Airport (WLW), Willows, California. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed no flight plan had been filed.

In a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the pilot reported he had departed runway 16 for a local flight. At about 70 feet above ground level, he experienced a momentary engine sputter followed by a complete loss of engine power. The pilot attempted to land straight ahead; however, he reported that it was likely he did not maintain proper airspeed which resulted in an aerodynamic stall and impact with terrain. Both fuel tanks were topped off prior to takeoff and no recent maintenance was performed on the airplane. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: DOSHIER WILBERT A
Registration: N599RA
Model/Series: GT-500 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: 
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: 
Condition of Light: 
Observation Facility, Elevation: KOVE, 190 ft msl
Observation Time: 1453 PST
Distance from Accident Site: 28 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 150°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Willows, CA (WLW)
Destination: Willows, CA (WLW)

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: 39.515833, -122.217222 (est)

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