Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Pipistrel Virus SW, N4JW, registered to and operated by the pilot : Accident occurred December 28, 2017 in Paulding County, Ohio

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbus, Ohio
Rotax Aircraft Engines; Vernon B.C, FN

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: Paulding, OH
Accident Number: CEN18LA064
Date & Time: 12/28/2017, 1630 EST
Registration: N4JW
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 28, 2017, about 1630 eastern standard time, a Pipistrel Doo Ajdovscina Virus SW airplane, N4JW, impacted terrain during a forced landing on a road following an inflight loss of engine power near Paulding, Ohio. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, was uninjured. The airplane sustained substantial wing damage when it exited the road and impacted vegetation and rough terrain. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from a private airport near Paulding, Ohio.

According to an initial statement from the pilot, he was conducting slow flight about 80 kts when the engine began to lose power. He switched ignition systems and engine performance did not improve. The pilot switched fuel tanks and no improvement in engine performance was noted. Changing power appeared to improve engine operation. However, engine performance got worse again. The pilot tried to reach a private airstrip about 3 miles east of his location. He was not able to reach the airstrip, given the local wind and airplane altitude, so he selected a nearby road for a forced landing. The road was ice covered and provided very little braking. During rollout, the pilot was concerned about approaching railroad crossing signs and a tall bush. The airplane's left wing impacted the bush just before the airplane crossed the railroad. The airplane subsequently swerved to the left and the nose wheel broke off when the airplane impacted the ditch on the northwest side of the railroad. The airplane stopped on the north side of the railroad about 30 ft off the road. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N4JW
Model/Series: VIRUS SW
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: Pilot
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDFI, 707 ft msl
Observation Time: 1553 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -12°C / -18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 10000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 140°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.53 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Paulding, OH
Destination: Paulding, OH 

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: 41.188889, -84.708056 (est) 

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