Friday, April 27, 2018

Rutan Long-EZ, N8714S: Accident occurred April 21, 2018 at Ryan Field Airport (KRYN), Tucson, Pima County, Arizona

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N8714S

Location: Tucson, AZ
Accident Number: GAA18CA227
Date & Time: 04/21/2018, 1700 MST
Registration: N8714S
Aircraft: IRVIN STEPHEN D RUTAN LONG E Z
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Runway excursion
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

According to the pilot in the airplane with a retractable nose-wheel, he landed about mid-field on the 4,000ft long runway, and his approach speed had been about 10 knots fast.

During the landing roll, the pilot started a right turn to exit his approaching taxiway and pressed the brakes hard, because the airplane's ground speed was too fast. He reported that he heard a "small pop" and that he had "no braking control" and the airplane veered to the left.

He released the brake pressure and retracted the nose landing gear to slow the airplane. The airplane skidded off the left side of the runway and collided with trees.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left canard and the right wing.

A Federal Aviation Administration, Aviation Safety Inspector examined the airplane after the accident. He reported that the right brake fluid line failed at the brake caliper. He asserted that the brake line failure was not a material failure, rather it was the result of the airplane's collision with trees.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 71, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
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: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/01/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 12/21/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 576 hours (Total, all aircraft), 346 hours (Total, this make and model), 427 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: IRVIN STEPHEN D
Registration: N8714S
Model/Series: RUTAN LONG E Z NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1987
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 2037
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/13/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1825 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2763 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-E2D
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 160 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: KRYN, 2418 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2358 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 27°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 300°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / -3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: CHINO, CA (CNO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Tucson, AZ (RYN)
Type of Clearance: Traffic Advisory; VFR; VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1430 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class D 

Airport Information

Airport: RYAN FIELD (RYN)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 2418 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 33
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4000 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: 32.139167, -111.173611 (est)

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