Saturday, May 12, 2018

CSA SportCruiser, N227US: Accident occurred December 09, 2017 at Sacramento Executive Airport (KSAC), California


Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California

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/N227US



Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

Location: Sacramento, CA
Accident Number: GAA18CA077
Date & Time: 12/09/2017, 1340 PST
Registration: N227US
Aircraft: Czech Sport Aircraft a.s. Sport Cruiser
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

According to the pilot, during the initial climb, he realized that the canopy was not latched properly and had opened in flight. The pilot attempted to secure the canopy, but he was unsuccessful. He decided to terminate the flight and land; however, his airspeed was too fast during the touchdown and the airplane landed hard. The landing gear collapsed, and the airplane slid across the runway. The pilot reported that when the airplane came to rest, he saw that a fuel line had ruptured, and he immediately exited the airplane. The airplane caught fire and was extinguished by first responders.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and the fuselage.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board's Pilot Aircraft Accident Report, the pilot annotated in the Owner Safety Recommendation section, that this accident could have been prevented, "If I manually checked the canopy after I latched it I would have discovered the latch did not catch." 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Sport Pilot
Age: 66, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/02/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 569.7 hours (Total, all aircraft), 15.9 hours (Total, this make and model), 319.1 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 23 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 23 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 


Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: Czech Sport Aircraft a.s.
Registration: N227US
Model/Series: Sport Cruiser
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2011
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Special Light-Sport
Serial Number: P1102027
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/24/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 297.8 Hours as of last inspection
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: KSAC, 25 ft msl
Observation Time: 2053 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 193°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / 6°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  9 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.32 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Sacramento, CA (SAC)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Sacramento, CA (SAC)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1340 PST
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: SACRAMENTO EXECUTIVE (SAC)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 23 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 20
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5503 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Precautionary Landing 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  38.512500, -121.493333 (est)

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