Thursday, November 30, 2017

Titan Tornado, N50F: Accident occurred November 29, 2017 in Mechanicsville, Hanover County, Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond, Virginia

Aviation Accident Factual Report -  National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Mechanicsville, VA
Accident Number: ERA18CA035
Date & Time: 11/29/2017, 1530 EST
Registration: N50F
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (partial)
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The airplane's engine lost partial power after takeoff and the pilot/owner performed a forced landing to a field. The airplane nosed over during the landing, which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage and vertical stabilizer. The pilot subsequently disassembled and inspected the airplane following the accident and reported that he had found water in the fuel tank, which explained the partial loss of engine power.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 77, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/10/2010
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/11/2010
Flight Time:  615 hours (Total, all aircraft), 160 hours (Total, this make and model), 0 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 0.1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0.1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N50F
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1999
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 175
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/11/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 0 Hours
Engines:  Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 495 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Jabiru
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 2200
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: KOFP, 205 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2254 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 270°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.22 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Mechanicsville, VA (VA50)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Mechanicsville, VA (VA50)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  EST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 57 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 14
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2200 ft / 80 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing 

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:  37.708056, -77.300278 (est)

HANOVER, VA (WWBT) - One man was injured after a plane crashed in a field in Hanover on Wednesday.

It happened near River and Williamsville roads. The plane reportedly crashed on takeoff in the field, injuring the pilot and causing a minor leak.

The pilot, Merlin Wayne Myers, 77, of Mechanicsville, Virginia, says he had to make an emergency landing due to mechanical issues. The plane flipped while Myers was trying to land the plane.

Myers was treated for minor injuries at the scene.

The FAA and Virginia State Police continue to investigate the crash.

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