Monday, April 16, 2018

Loss of Control in Flight: Quickie Q200, N85BJ; accident occurred July 11, 2020 at Preston Airport (U10), Franklin County, Idaho

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Preston, ID
Accident Number:WPR20CA221 
Date & Time: 07/11/2020, 1155 MDT
Registration: N85BJ
Aircraft: QUICKIE Q2
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


The pilot in the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that during the takeoff roll, about two-thirds of the way down the runway at rotation speed of 70 mph, the airplane was not lifting off as normal. At 75 mph nothing was changing so the pilot attempted to place the airplane into ground effect, "something I learned to do in other types but not this plane." The pilot recalled that he added "too much forward stick" and the airplane porpoised, ascended and rolled to the right. The pilot leveled the wings, however, the airplane descended and collided with terrain. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings, canard, and the empennage.

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

The pilot further reported that he did not accomplish any performance planning for the atmospheric conditions before the flight. At the time of the accident, the density altitude was calculated at 6,977ft.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain airplane control during takeoff in high density altitude conditions, which resulted in a collision with terrain. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's failure to accomplish performance calculations for the atmospheric conditions. 


Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Personnel issues Decision making/judgment - Pilot
Environmental issues High density altitude - Effect on equipment
Personnel issues Performance calculations - Pilot
Environmental issues Tree(s) - Effect on equipment

Factual Information

History of Flight

Takeoff Loss of control in flight (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 57, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/09/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:06/28/2020 
Flight Time: (Estimated) 178.1 hours (Total, all aircraft), 5 hours (Total, this make and model), 66.1 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 35.2 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 20.4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: QUICKIE
Registration: N85BJ
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2020
Amateur Built:Yes 
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number:2438 
Landing Gear Type:Tailwheel 
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/18/2020, Continuous Airworthiness
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1060 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Revmaster
ELT: C91 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 2100D
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 75 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: KLGU, 4454 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 19 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1751 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 172°
Lowest Cloud Condition:Clear 
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction:360° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.23 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Nampa, ID (MAN)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Rock Springs, WY (RKS)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 0700 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Airport: PRESTON (U10)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 4728 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 21
IFR Approach:None 
Runway Length/Width: 3457 ft / 50 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: 42.106944, -111.912500 (est)

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