Friday, January 19, 2018

Tukan Trike, N907T, registered to a private individual: Accident occurred January 18, 2018 at Erie Municipal Airport (KEIK), Weld County, Colorado

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:
Location: Erie, CO
Accident Number: CEN18LA080
Date & Time: 01/18/2018, 1605 MST
Registration: N907T
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 18, 2018, about 1605 mountain standard time, a Tukan Trike experimental weight-shift special light sport aircraft, N907T, registered to a private individual, sustained substantial damage following a loss of control during landing at the Erie Municipal Airport (EIK), Erie, Colorado. The solo student pilot sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed throughout the area and a flight plan was not filed. The personal student solo flight was being conducted under the provisions of Federal Code of Regulations Part 91. The flight originated from EIK at 1600.

According to the on ground flight instructor. he had flown with the student pilot and conducted seven landings and takeoffs. The aircraft was operating normally during the flight. After the dual instruction, the aircraft was taxied back to a hangar where the instructor pilot explained single pilot operations to the student. The student pilot then took off and entered the landing pattern at EIK. The instructor pilot observed that the student seemed to lose control on his first final approach and executed a go-around. On the second approach, the instructor observed the aircraft on final and the wing struck the ground. The aircraft spun and came to rest inverted.

The aircraft wreckage was examined by an FAA inspector after the accident. No flight control anomalies were discovered. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: TOMLINSON TRACY L
Registration: N907T
Aircraft Category: Weight-Shift
Amateur Built: Yes
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: EIK, 5119 ft msl
Observation Time: 1554 MST
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / -7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots, 360°
Lowest Ceiling: Obscured
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Erie, CO (EIK)
Destination: Erie, CO (EIK) 

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:  40.010278, 105.048056 (est)

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