Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Lancair Legacy 2000, N169BZ, registered to DA Leasing LLC and operated by the pilot: Accident occurred June 04, 2017 near Georgetown Municipal Airport (KGTU), Georgetown, Williamson 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 Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


http://registry.faa.gov/N169BZ




National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Factual Report

Location: Georgetown, TX
Accident Number: CEN17LA239
Date & Time: 06/04/2017, 1609 CDT
Registration: N169BZ
Aircraft: LEVY ADAM V LEGACY 2000
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (total)
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 4, 2017, about 1609 central daylight time, an amateur-built Lancair Legacy 2000 airplane, N169BZ, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing following a loss of engine power during cruise flight near Georgetown, Texas. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane received substantial damage to its wings and fuselage when the landing gear separated from the airplane. The airplane was registered to DA Leasing LLC and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The local flight originated from the Georgetown Municipal Airport (GTU), Georgetown, Texas, about 1540.

The pilot reported that the flight was to evaluate airplane performance. Upon reaching an altitude of 12,500 feet above mean sea level (msl), the pilot adjusted the engine boost control and the engine lost all power. He returned the boost control to its previous position, but the engine did not resume power production. He reported that he was unable to restart the engine and attempted to glide back to GTU. Insufficient altitude resulted in the airplane landing about 1.5 miles southeast of GTU.

A postaccident examination of the airplane was conducted by Federal Aviation Administration inspectors. The airplane was equipped with a Continental Motors IO-550-C engine. The engine was outfitted with an automotive belt driven centrifugal supercharger. The supercharger fed pressurized air to the engine's fuel injection throttle body and the manifold pressure (boost) was controlled by the pilot using a vernier control in the cockpit. Examination of the basic Continental engine found no anomalies. Due to the experimental nature of the supercharger installation, no determination could be made regarding its installation or operation; however, no outward signs of a failure or malfunction were observed.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 40, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification:  Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/06/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  500 hours (Total, all aircraft), 115 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: LEVY ADAM V
Registration: N169BZ
Model/Series: LEGACY 2000 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2006
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: L2K-241
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: IO-550-C
Registered Owner: DA LEASING LLC
Rated Power: 300 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: GTU
Observation Time: 2110 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 270°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 5500 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 18°C
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:  6 knots, 310°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.76 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: GEORGETOWN, TX (GTU)
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Destination: GEORGETOWN, TX (GTU)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: GEORGETOWN MUNI (GTU)
Runway Surface Type:
Airport Elevation:  789 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Vegetation
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 30.678889, -97.679444

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA239 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 04, 2017 in Georgetown, TX
Aircraft: LEVY ADAM V LEGACY 2000, registration: N169BZ
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.


On June 4, 2017, about 1609 central daylight time, an amateur-built Lancair Legacy 2000, N169BZ, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing following a loss of engine power during cruise flight near Georgetown, Texas. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane received damage to its wings and fuselage when the landing gear separated from the airplane. The aircraft was registered to DA Leasing LLC and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The local flight originated from the Georgetown Municipal Airport (GTU), Georgetown, Texas about 1540.

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