Monday, May 07, 2018

Ekolot KR-030 Topaz, N468KM: Accident occurred May 05, 2018 at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport (KDKB), DeKalb County, Illinois

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; DuPage, Illinois

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Dekalb, IL
Accident Number: GAA18CA255
Date & Time: 05/05/2018, 1121 CDT
Registration: N468KM
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, during a flight review, while landing in gusting wind conditions, the airplane ballooned and landed hard on the left main landing gear. The airplane veered sharply to the left and the pilot applied full power to go around, but the airplane "would not climb". The flight instructor took the flight controls and the airplane came to rest about 400 yards south of the runway.

The flight instructor reported that, during the landing, the airplane ballooned and "abruptly dropped" onto the runway, damaging the left landing gear. The airplane veered to the left, the pilot applied power to go around, and the airplane bounced into the air. He added that the airplane would not climb and continued to bounce multiple times before coming to rest south of the runway. He believed the propeller and landing gear damage may have prevented the airplane from climbing during the go around.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

The automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about 6 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 250° at 11 knots, gusting to 16 knots. The airplane landed on runway 27.

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 74, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider; Helicopter
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/19/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/21/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 3041.8 hours (Total, all aircraft), 83.1 hours (Total, this make and model), 2892 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 16.8 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5.4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private; Sport Pilot
Age: 72, 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: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/01/2006
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/12/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 167.1 hours (Total, all aircraft), 4.9 hours (Total, this make and model), 126 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 4.9 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3.9 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PPHU EKOLOT
Registration: N468KM
Model/Series: KR-030 TOPAZ NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2017
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Special Light-Sport
Serial Number: 30-08-03
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/23/2017, Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1235 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 65 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 912IS2
Rated Power: 100 hp
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDKB, 915 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1615 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 354°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 11 knots / 16 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 250°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 8°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Dekalb, IL (DKB)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Dekalb, IL (DKB)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1015 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 912 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 27
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4201 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; 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:  41.928333, -88.707500 (est)

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