Sunday, January 14, 2018

Quicksilver MXL Sport, N7712, Sky Knights Flight Club: Accident occurred November 19, 2017 in Point Mugu, Ventura County, California

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

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:  

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Sky Knights Flight Club:

Location: Point Mugu, CA
Accident Number: GAA18CA054
Date & Time: 11/19/2017, 1430 PST
Registration: N7712
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Miscellaneous/other
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 


The pilot reported that, while following a friend performing an instructional flight, the other aircraft motioned to indicate that the student pilot had taken the flight controls, so he "broke away to the right". He added that he began a descent in an area of known power wires and "in [his] mind's eye, [he] had already [passed] the second of 2 sets" of power wires. He added that the airplane struck the power wires "at eye level" and then impacted terrain.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to see and avoid power wires. 


Personnel issues
Monitoring environment - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Wire - Effect on operation (Cause)
Wire - Awareness of condition (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Maneuvering-low-alt flying

Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 60, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/28/2017
Flight Time: 651 hours (Total, all aircraft), 71 hours (Total, this make and model), 651 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 0.8 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 0.4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: QUICKSILVER
Registration: N7712
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2001
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental Light Sport
Serial Number: 4606220
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/16/2017, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 525 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 672 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: ROTAX
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 503
Rated Power: 54 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: KNTD, 12 ft msl
Observation Time: 2156 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 302°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 28000 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 9°C
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots, 300°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: CAMARILLO, CA (CMA)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: CAMARILLO, CA (CMA)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1425 PST
Type of Airspace: Class D 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 34.095556, -119.075278 (est)

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