Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Tecnam P92 Eaglet, N404TA: Accident occurred April 17, 2018 at Hanover County Municipal Airport (KOFP), Ashland, Virginia

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond, Virginia 

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/N404TA

Location: Ashland, VA
Accident Number: GAA18CA228
Date & Time: 04/17/2018, 0930 EDT
Registration: N404TA
Aircraft: COSTRUZIONI AERONAUTICHE TECNAM P92 EAGLET
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Hard landing
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The flight instructor reported that, while the airplane was in the landing flare for a touch and go landing, the student pilot allowed the airspeed to become too low and he instructed the student to perform a go around. The student applied full power and retracted the flaps, but the airplane continued to descend, so the instructor "got on the controls with him".

During the go-around the airplane touched down on the runway hard, bounced, and the instructor reported hearing a "ping" and observed that the right main landing gear was no longer attached. The instructor continued the go-around and entered the traffic pattern and during the approach observed the right main landing gear laying on the right side of the runway. He landed and the airplane veered to the right off of the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

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

The automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about 36 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 250° at 9 knots. The airplane landed on runway 34. 

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 43, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/22/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/11/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 2412 hours (Total, all aircraft), 78 hours (Total, this make and model), 2224 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 140 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 39 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 37, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s):None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/22/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 26 hours (Total, all aircraft), 13 hours (Total, this make and model), 1 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 13 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: COSTRUZIONI AERONAUTICHE TECNAM
Registration: N404TA
Model/Series: P92 EAGLET NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2010
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Special Light-Sport
Serial Number: 1327
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/09/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2075.1 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 912ULS
Registered Owner: HEART OF VIRGINIA AVIATION INC
Rated Power: 100 hp
Operator: HEART OF VIRGINIA AVIATION INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KOFP, 205 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1254 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 92°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 7000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 250°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.9 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 6°C / -4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:  No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Ashland, VA (OFP)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Ashland, VA (OFP)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0845 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: HANOVER COUNTY MUNI (OFP)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 206 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 34
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5402 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Go Around; Touch and Go; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  37.708056, -77.436389 (est)

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