Saturday, April 7, 2018

Lancair IV-P, C-GSQQ: Accident occurred March 28, 2018 at Sebring Regional Airport (KSEF), Highlands County, Florida


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

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

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Sebring, FL
Accident Number: ERA18LA117
Date & Time: 03/28/2018, 0830 EDT
Registration: C-GSQQ
Aircraft: Stanley Lancair
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On March 28, 2018, about 0830 eastern daylight time, an experimental Stanley Lancair IV-P, Canadian registration C-GSQQ, was substantially damaged during an encounter with jet blast while taxiing after landing at Sebring Regional Airport (SEF), Sebring, Florida. There were no injuries to the private pilot or two passengers. The airplane which was operating under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight that originated about 30 minutes earlier from Buckingham Field Airport, Fort Myers, Florida.

The pilot stated that he landed uneventfully on runway 01 after executing a GPS approach, then rolled to the end, where he turned left onto taxiway A4 and stopped. He cleaned up the airplane from landing, performed the taxi checks, and noticed a Boeing 737 that was facing south on a taxiway that paralleled the runway; the airplane was south of his position. He thought the airplane was parked, and neither he or his brother who was in the right front seat recalled seeing any people on the ground around the 737. He noticed that the left engine cowling of the 737 was missing, but he could not perceive either engine was running.

He began taxiing westbound on the taxiway and when he was behind the 737 (about 200 to 300 ft), with no aileron control input applied, the left wing suddenly raised and the right wing contacted the taxiway. The airplane cartwheeled and came to rest upright on grass at the north edge of the taxiway with the nose landing gear fork and wheel assembly separated. He reported the empennage was cracked and that there was damage to both wings at each wing root, consistent with up and down flexing. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: Stanley
Registration: C-GSQQ
Model/Series: Lancair IV-P
Aircraft Category: Airplane
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: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: OBE, 33 ft msl
Observation Time: 0835 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 29 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots, 100°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.18 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Fort Myers, FL (FL59)
Destination: Sebring, FL (SEF) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:  27.462500, -81.344722 (est)

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