Monday, February 26, 2018

Stolp Starduster Too, N5606T: Accident occurred February 26, 2018 at Ryan Field Airport (KRYN), Tucson, Pima County, Arizona

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Tucson, AZ
Accident Number: GAA18CA180
Date & Time: 03/26/2018, 1030 MST
Registration: N5606T
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Part(s) separation from AC
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot in the experimental amateur-built, tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that this was his third test flight. During the landing roll, he heard a loud noise, and the left side of the airplane dropped. The airplane veered to the left and exited the left side of the runway. The left side of the airplane dug into the ground and the airplane nosed over.

The FAA Aviation Safety Inspector that examined the airplane reported that the left main landing gear axle weld had failed.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer, the rudder and right upper wing spar.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 83, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/07/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/19/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 9166 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N5606T
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2017
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 001
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/23/2018, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1700 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-360-AED
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 180 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: KRYN, 2418 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1745 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 39°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / -6°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Tucson, AZ (RYN)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Tucson, AZ (RYN)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1010 MST
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 2418 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 06L
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4900 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; 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: 32.142222, -111.174444 (est)

TUCSON -  Emergency responders are working a plane crash on a runway at Ryan Airfield, according to the Tucson Airport Authority. 

An experimental bi-wing aircraft crashed during take-off, according to Tucson Airport Authority spokeswoman Jesse Butler.

One pilot was on board and walked away with minor injuries, Butler said. 

Original article can be found here ➤

TUCSON, Ariz. - A pilot suffered non-life threatening injuries in a small plane crash at Ryan Airfield Monday. 

According to Jesse Butler of Tucson Airport Authority, the experimental bi-wing aircraft crashed at the field west of Tucson.

The pilot walked away from the wreck without the assistance of the crews, Butler said.

Original article can be found here ➤

TUCSON, AZ -  One person was injured in a plane crash southwest of Tucson on Monday, Feb. 26.

The person was piloting an experimental bi-wing plane when the crash happened upon takeoff.

The pilot suffered minor injuries.

Original article  ➤

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