Saturday, January 27, 2018

Denney Kitfox IV, N37TP: Accident occurred October 18, 2017 at Sidney Municipal Airport (N23), Chenango County, New York

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albany, New York

 Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Sidney, NY
Accident Number: GAA18CA015
Date & Time: 10/18/2017, 1715 EDT
Registration: N37TP
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, during final approach, the airplane was "out of alignment to the left edge of the runway." He decided to add throttle and realign with the runway, but as he reached for the throttle to add power, at that instant, he was "blinded" by sun glare and he had "no memory of [the] events for approximately 6 seconds" after that point. He added that, just prior to impact, he saw the ground but "there was nothing that could be done." The airplane impacted an open parking lot in a nose low, left wing down attitude.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to fuselage, empennage, and both wings.

During a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the passenger reported that during landing the airplane was crabbing to the left, but traveling forward. He reported that prior to the runway threshold, there was a momentary sun flash that "lit up the plastic windscreen." He further reported that, the pilot applied power, pulled back on the control stick, and the airplane "spiraled" and "twisted" left and downward into a parking lot.

The pilot did not report that there were any preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Recreational; Sport Pilot
Age: 68, 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): Sport Pilot
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot None
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot:  No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/08/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 394 hours (Total, all aircraft), 90 hours (Total, this make and model), 302 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 13 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 13 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: THOMAS G PARKHURST
Registration: N37TP
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2014
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate:  Experimental
Serial Number: ASC-199
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/02/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.:  1200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 81 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: C91A installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 912
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: KBGM, 1636 ft msl
Observation Time: 2153 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 25 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 240°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 6°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots, 220°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.23 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: SIDNEY, NY (N23)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Sidney, NY (N23)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1630 EST
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Airport: SIDNEY MUNI (N23)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1026 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 25
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4201 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Go Around; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  42.305278, -75.408889 (est)

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