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Ultralight America Spitfire II, N2918A: Accident occurred October 05, 2017 at Camarillo Airport (KCMA), 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:

Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Camarillo, CA
Accident Number: GAA18CA002
Date & Time: 10/05/2017, 1750 PDT
Registration: N2918A
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that, during a familiarization flight, he took off and "noticed a strong left turning tendency." He added that he "kept the power at a higher, time restricted setting," which resulted in the coolant temperature rising above the 180°F maximum operating temperature.

Although there were no indications of performance degradation, he "became concerned" that the airplane could lose engine power due to overheating and decided to make a precautionary landing. During the landing, the airplane bounced, and he decided to go around. Subsequently, the airplane struck a hangar roof about 75 ft left of the runway centerline and then came to rest on the opposite side of the hangar.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and 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 track the runway centerline during an attempted go-around, which resulted in impact with a hangar. 


Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)
Incorrect action performance - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Airport structure - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Approach-VFR go-around
Loss of control in flight (Defining event)
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Sport Pilot
Age: 51, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot None
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/13/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 115 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3 hours (Total, this make and model), 28 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: ULTRALIGHT AMERICA
Registration: N2918A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1993
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental Light Sport
Serial Number: 19661978
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/02/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1050 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: ROTAX
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 670
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 89 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: KCMA, 65 ft msl
Observation Time: 0055 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 17°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 12°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots, 230°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.84 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: 1740 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class D 

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt; Concrete
Airport Elevation: 76 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 26
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6013 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Precautionary Landing; Traffic Pattern

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: 34.213889, -119.084167 (est)

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