Thursday, March 29, 2018

Flightworks Capella XS, N654MM: Accident occurred March 23, 2018 at Hartselle–Morgan County Regional Airport (5M0), Alabama

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

Location: Hartselle, AL
Accident Number: GAA18CA178
Date & Time: 03/23/2018, 1830 CDT
Registration: N654MM
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during a wheel landing, the airplane began to drift to the left while the tail was still in the air. He added that he added right rudder to no avail. He added that he "went to full power too late", the right wing struck the ground, and the airplane came to rest in a ditch to the left of the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 59, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/13/2010
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/16/2017
Flight Time: (Estimated) 151 hours (Total, all aircraft), 44 hours (Total, this make and model), 151 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: FLIGHTWORKS CORP
Registration: N654MM
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1995
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental Light Sport
Serial Number:91008 
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 371.5 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 912
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 80 hp
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: KDCU, 592 ft msl
Observation Time: 2253 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 358°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 6000 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C / 3°C
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 7500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 120°
Visibility (RVR): 
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: HARTSELLE, AL (5M0)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: HARTSELLE, AL (5M0)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 628 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 18
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3599 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

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:  34.407222, -86.933056 (est)

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