Monday, February 26, 2018

Tecnam Astore, N194CT, registered to Time Management Systems Inc: Accident occurred February 25, 2018 at Orlando Apopka Airport (X04), Orange County, Florida

Analysis 

The solo student pilot reported that, during takeoff, as he applied full power, the airplane veered to the left. He attempted to recover, but the airplane exited the left side of the runway and came to rest in a ditch.

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

The student 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 student pilot's failure to maintain directional control during takeoff.

Findings

Aircraft
Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Student pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Sloped/uneven terrain - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

History of Flight

Takeoff
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Attempted remediation/recovery
Runway excursion
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N194CT



Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Apopka, FL
Accident Number: GAA18CA142
Date & Time: 02/25/2018, 1430 EST
Registration: N194CT
Aircraft: COSTRUZIONI AERONAUTICHE TECNA ASTORE
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The solo student pilot reported that, during takeoff, as he applied full power, the airplane veered to the left. He attempted to recover, but the airplane exited the left side of the runway and came to rest in a ditch.

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

The student pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 69, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present:  No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot Unknown
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 160 hours (Total, all aircraft), 44 hours (Total, this make and model), 12 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 44 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)



Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: COSTRUZIONI AERONAUTICHE TECNA
Registration: N194CT
Model/Series: ASTORE NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2015
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Special Light-Sport
Serial Number: 039
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 12/06/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1323 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 156 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 914 Turbo
Registered Owner: E&H Transportation, LLC
Rated Power: 115 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: KORL, 112 ft msl
Observation Time: 1853 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 127°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / 16°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots, 200°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Apopka, FL (X04)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Apopka, FL (X04)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1430 EST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: ORLANDO APOPKA (X04)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 150 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 15
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3987 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None 


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: 28.706944, -81.581667 (est)































AIRCRAFT:  2015 Construzioni Tecnam Astore N194CT, s/n: 039

The last inspection recorded in the logs is on 12/12/17 at 107.8 tach and TTAF.  The owner estimated the total time to be 153 hours.

ENGINE:  Rotax 914UL, s/n:  7683998

The last inspection recorded in the logs is on 12/12/17 at 107.8 tach

PROPELLER:  Sensenich 3B0R5C

The last inspection recorded in the logs is on 12/12/17 at 107.8 tach

EQUIPMENT:  

(1)  Garmin GMA240 Audio Panel s/n: 1EL0001823

(1)  Garmin GTR200 Radio s/n: 2QQ006579

(1)  Garmin GDU465 G3X Panel s/n: 353000108

(1)  Garmin GDU 460 G3X Panel s/n: 350000949

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  N194CT was taking off from Apopka Airport (X04), Florida and the pilot lost control, left the runway and impacted a nearby berm.

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:  Damage includes but may not be limited to the following:       

All prop blades & engine experienced a prop strike

All landing gear are damaged

Fuselage has numerous areas of damage including (but not limited to) deformation in front of the windshield at the firewall, above both wings, and the belly

Both wings have buckled skins, bent main spars, damaged control surfaces, and damaged wing tips

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:  Apopka Airport (X04), Florida

REMARKS:  Sold As is, where is.  Avionics listed above removed for security.

Read more here: http://www.avclaims.com/N194CT.html

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