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Aveko VL-3C-1, N876MB: Accident occurred November 24, 2017 at Northampton Airport (7B2), Hampshire County, Massachusetts

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Enfield, Connecticut

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Accident Number: GAA18CA065
Date & Time: 11/24/2017, 0800 EST
Registration: N876MB
Aircraft: AVEKO SRO VL-3C-1
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

According to the pilot, during the landing flare the airplane was fast, and he tried to bleed off the airspeed by applying back pressure, but the airplane ballooned. Upon touch down the airplane porpoised, after which, the airplane veered to the left and exited the left side of the runway. The airplane impacted the visual approach slope indicator lights that were located on the left side of the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and the fuselage.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Sport Pilot
Age: 54, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
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: Sport Pilot Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 12/15/2015
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 156.3 hours (Total, all aircraft), 17.1 hours (Total, this make and model), 129.5 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 3.5 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1.5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: AVEKO SRO
Registration: N876MB
Model/Series: VL-3C-1 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2009
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Special Light-Sport
Serial Number: VL-3-29
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/15/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 142.5 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 912 ULS
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 100 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: KCEF, 241 ft msl
Observation Time: 1256 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 156°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 5000 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: -4°C / -5°C
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Chicopee, MA (KCEF)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: NORTHAMPTON, MA (7B2)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0730 EST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: NORTHAMPTON (7B2)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 121 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 14
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3335 ft / 50 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:  42.328056, -72.611111 (est)

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