Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Kitfox Series 6, N552EZ: Accident occurred December 12, 2017 in Rogersburg, Asotin County, Washington

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


Location: Rogersburg, OR
Accident Number: GAA18CA084
Date & Time: 12/12/2017, 1430 MST
Registration: N552EZ
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Miscellaneous/other
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 


The pilot reported that, while landing on an unimproved airstrip, the approach was normal but after "a longer than expected float and brief touchdown", he aborted the landing and began a go-around. Once airborne, he made a shallow left turn to avoid a cliff that was off the right side of the unimproved airstrip. Subsequently, the left wing struck a tree, the airplane cartwheeled and impacted the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings.

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 improper landing flare and his subsequent failure to see and avoid a tree during a go-around.


Landing flare - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)
Monitoring environment - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Tree(s) - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Approach-VFR go-around
Miscellaneous/other (Defining event)

Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 64, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
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: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/02/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/20/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 763 hours (Total, all aircraft), 300 hours (Total, this make and model), 714 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CORBEIL SHAWN
Registration: N552EZ
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2002
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 60010-040
Landing Gear Type:  Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/09/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1550 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 324 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT:  Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 912S
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 100 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: KGIC, 3314 ft msl
Observation Time: 2235 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 29 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 80°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: -1°C / -5°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  7 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots, 70°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.42 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: MCCALL, ID (MYL)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Rogersburg, OR
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1145 MST
Type of Airspace: Class G 

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:  45.864722, -116.804722 (est)

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