Monday, March 26, 2018

MXS-RH, N540JH, registered to Rob Holland Ultimate Airshows LLC and operated by the pilot: Accident occurred March 25, 2018 at Kalt Ranch Airport (9TE5), Fulton, Aransas County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N540JH

National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Preliminary Report

Location: Fulton, TX
Accident Number: CEN18LA127
Date & Time: 03/25/2018, 1645 CDT
Registration: N540JH
Aircraft: MX AIRCRAFT LLC MXS
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 25, 2018, about 1645 central daylight time, a MX Aircraft LLC, MXS airplane, N540JH, collided with an object during a forced landing at the Kalt Ranch Airport (9TE5), Fulton, Texas. The pilot received a minor injury. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to Rob Holland Ultimate Airshows LLC and was operated by the pilot under provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not operating on a flight plan. The flight originated from NAS Kingsville (NQI) Kingsville, Texas, about 1620, with an intended destination of The Red River Airport (0R7), Coushatta, Louisiana.

The pilot reported that while in cruise flight at 11,500 ft above mean seal level (msl) the engine began to vibrate. About 30 seconds later the pilot heard a "bang" and a piece of the engine penetrated the engine cowling and engine oil covered the outside of the canopy restricting the pilot's vision. The pilot reported there was an extreme vibration until he slowed the airplane and the propeller stopped spinning.

The pilot located 9TE5 on his GPS and maneuvered the airplane to stay close to the airport. The pilot first saw the runway at an altitude of about 700 ft when he descended below the broken to scattered cloud layer at which time he was committed to land downwind with a 25-knot tailwind. The airplane touched down about one-third the way down the runway. Unable to see forward out of the canopy due to the oil, the pilot did not see a large piece of debris on the runway which the left main gear contacted. The landing gear separated, and the airplane slid on its belly before veering off the runway into the grass.

Initial examination of the engine revealed a hole in the top of the crankcase just behind the oil filler cap at the No. 6 cylinder.

It was later determined that the airport was closed/abandoned, and the debris was a large piece of roof that had been blown onto the airport during a hurricane. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: MX AIRCRAFT LLC
Registration: N540JH
Model/Series: MXS NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: ROB HOLLAND ULTIMATE AIRSHOWS LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: RKP, 24 ft msl
Observation Time: 1753 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 16 knots/ 22 knots, 150°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 1300 ft agl
Visibility:  6 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.82 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: KINGSVILLE, TX (NQI)
Destination: COUSHATTA, LA (0R7) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  28.154167, -96.975833 (est)

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