Thursday, February 22, 2018

Soko Galeb G-2, N90SR: Accident occurred February 21, 2018 at Elko Regional Airport (KEKO), Nevada

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Elko, NV
Accident Number: WPR18LA094
Date & Time: 02/21/2018, 1045 PST
Registration: N90SR
Aircraft: SOKO GALEB G 2
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On February 21, 2018, about 1045 Pacific standard time, an experimental Soko Galeb G-2, N90SR, sustained substantial damage when it collided with a drainage ditch berm during landing at the Elko Regional Airport (EKO), Elko, Nevada. The Airline Transport pilot, sole occupant of the airplane, sustained serious injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the cross-country flight. The flight originated from Reno/Stead Airport, Reno, Nevada, about 1015.

According to the pilot, shortly after the landing, the airplane's left brake failed, and he elected to go around and set up for a short field landing. The subsequent landing was uneventful, and the left brake was still inoperative. During the landing roll, the pilot was unsure if the airplane had sufficiently slowed down and elected to veer off the runway to the right, to avoid going off the end of the runway. Subsequently, the airplane struck an elevated drainage ditch berm, resulting in substantial damage to the fuselage.

The landing runway 06, was 7,454 ft in length, and the asphalt surface was dry. At 1056, the wind was reported as calm.

The airplane will be recovered to a secure storage facility for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: SOKO
Registration: N90SR
Model/Series: GALEB G 2 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: EKO, 5140 ft msl
Observation Time: 1056 PST
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: -4°C / -15°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 7500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: RENO, NV (RTS)
Destination: Elko, NV (EKO) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  40.825000, -115.791389 (est)

ELKO – A vintage military aircraft that has competed at the Reno Air Races veered off the runway at Elko Regional Airport Wednesday morning and crashed into a fence.

The unusual plane was seen flying over Elko before the crash, which occurred around 10:15 a.m. under partly cloudy skies and calm weather conditions, with the temperature just below freezing.

Airport Manager Jim Foster said the lone occupant, pilot Robert McCormack, was taken to Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital as a precaution, after complaining of lower back pain.

The aircraft appeared to be fully intact, although its nose was pressed into the chain link fence surrounding the runway.

Foster said he did not know why the plane veered off the runway, but the pilot reported having a “brake problem.” He was on his way to Utah and probably stopped in Elko for gas, Foster added.

The Soko G-2 Galeb is described as a two-seat jet trainer with a Rolls Royce engine. It was manufactured from the mid 1960s through the mid 1980s and used by the military in Yugoslavia and Libya, according to

The plane has flown in competition under the name Wildest Dreams.

An article on the Warbirds of Delaware website describes how McCormack decided to “go for the gold” at the 2017 National Championship Air Races in Reno:

“Under severe time constraints, Bob raced to find and purchase one of the four Sokos remaining in the country, get his Soko type rating, and get the plane up and running for the first time in over ten years.”

He won the bronze and was bumped up to the gold race, but was disqualified, the group reported.

Original article can be found here ➤

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