Friday, January 5, 2018

Vans RV-4, N83SB, registered to and operated by a private individual: Accident occurred January 04, 2018 in Montrose 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; Salt Lake City, Utah

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Montrose, CO

Accident Number: CEN18LA068
Date & Time: 01/04/2018, 1600 MST
Registration: N83SB
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On January 4, 2018, about 1600 mountain standard time, a Barnes RV-4 airplane, N83SB, lost engine power and executed a forced landing near Montrose, Colorado. The commercial rated pilot was not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and a flight plan was not filed. The local flight departed the Clifford Field Airport (1CO4), Olathe, Colorado, about 1555.

According to the pilot, he departed 1CO4 and began a 120-mph cruise climb. After clearing some high terrain, the pilot leaned the engine mixture, the engine began to operate smoothly, and then lost total power. The pilot performed his emergency procedures which included an engine restart. The pilot pumped the throttle twice, the engine responded with "2 small bursts of 500-600 rpms", and then no additional engine power. The pilot executed a forced landing to a nearby private airfield. The pilot was unable to make the runway, and the airplane impacted terrain and farm equipment. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BARNES STEVEN D
Registration: N83SB
Aircraft Category: Airplane
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:
Observation Time: 
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.35 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Olathe, CO (1CO4)
Destination: Olathe, CO (1CO4) 

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: 38.505556, -107.729444

About 4:02 p.m. Thursday a single-engine plane had a hard landing in a pasture in the Bostwick Park area.

The pilot (solo-occupant) walked away with very minor injuries, according to Montrose County Media Relations Manager Katie Yergensen.

The National Transportation and Safety Board has been contacted to conduct the investigation.

Yergensen thanked the individuals who alerted Montrose Regional Dispatch Center for a prompt response.

Original article can be found here ➤

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