Saturday, February 3, 2018

Unregistered experimental Six Chuter Spirit light sport aircraft and unregistered experimental Destiny light sport aircraft: Accident occurred January 18, 2018 in Marana, Pima County, Arizona

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

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

WPR18LA071A - Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Location: Marana, AZ
Accident Number: WPR18LA071A
Date & Time: 01/18/2018, 1730 MST
Registration: UNREG
Aircraft: Six Chuter Spirit
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 18, 2018, about 1730 mountain standard time, an unregistered experimental Six Chuter Spirit light sport aircraft and an unregistered experimental Destiny light sport aircraft were substantially damaged after a mid-air collision and subsequent impact with the ground in Marana, Arizona. The non-certificated pilot of the Destiny received serious injuries and the non-certificated pilot of the Six Chuter was not injured. The airplane was operated as a personal flight, conducted under the provision of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed for the local flight, which originated from a dirt runway.

According to the pilot of the Six Chuter aircraft, at the time of the accident he had received a few hours of flight training, but had not received any formal training towards a private pilot certificate. After experiencing a few hours as a passenger in a powered parachute aircraft he was invited to fly the Six Chuter while his Uncle, and owner of both aircraft, flew the Destiny. During the flight, the Six Chuter pilot, pilot A, turned to the east while cruising at approximately 100 ft above ground level. He observed his uncle, pilot B, on a northerly course and decided to maintain his altitude and heading, but his uncle then turned to the west on a direct path towards the Six Chuter. Moments later the Six Chuter collided with the parachute of the Destiny, which bound the Six Chuter's propeller. The Six Chuter spun 180° and drifted aft as the aircraft descended to the ground. The right side cabin of the Destiny impacted the ground after the aircraft entered a nose down attitude and rapid descent without a parachute. Pilot A reported no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that could have precluded normal operation prior to the loss of power.

Photographs furnished by local law enforcement showed substantial damage to the structural tubing of both aircraft.

The wreckage has been retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: Six Chuter
Registration: UNREG
Model/Series: Spirit
Aircraft Category: Powered Parachute
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: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: AVQ, 2031 ft msl
Observation Time: 1735 MST
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / -6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 290°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
Destination: 

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:  32.320278, -111.251389 (est) 

WPR18LA071B - Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Location: Marana, AZ
Accident Number: WPR18LA071B
Date & Time: 01/18/2018, 1730 MST
Registration: UNREG
Aircraft: Destiny XLC
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 18, 2018, about 1730 mountain standard time, an unregistered experimental Six Chuter Spirit light sport aircraft and an unregistered experimental Destiny light sport aircraft were substantially damaged after a mid-air collision and subsequent impact with the ground in Marana, Arizona. The non-certificated pilot of the Destiny received serious injuries and the non-certificated pilot of the Six Chuter was not injured. The airplane was operated as a personal flight, conducted under the provision of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed for the local flight, which originated from a dirt runway.

According to the pilot of the Six Chuter aircraft, at the time of the accident he had received a few hours of flight training, but had not received any formal training towards a private pilot certificate. After experiencing a few hours as a passenger in a powered parachute aircraft he was invited to fly the Six Chuter while his Uncle, and owner of both aircraft, flew the Destiny. During the flight, the Six Chuter pilot, pilot A, turned to the east while cruising at approximately 100 ft above ground level. He observed his uncle, pilot B, on a northerly course and decided to maintain his altitude and heading, but his uncle then turned to the west on a direct path towards the Six Chuter. Moments later the Six Chuter collided with the parachute of the Destiny, which bound the Six Chuter's propeller. The Six Chuter spun 180° and drifted aft as the aircraft descended to the ground. The right side cabin of the Destiny impacted the ground after the aircraft entered a nose down attitude and rapid descent without a parachute. Pilot A reported no mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that could have precluded normal operation prior to the loss of power.

Photographs furnished by local law enforcement showed substantial damage to the structural tubing of both aircraft.

The wreckage has been retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: Destiny
Registration: UNREG
Model/Series: XLC
Aircraft Category: Powered Parachute
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: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: AVQ, 2031 ft msl
Observation Time: 1735 MST
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / -6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 290°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:   10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point:
Destination:

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:  32.320278, -111.251389 (est)

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