Thursday, May 17, 2018

Experimental, amateur-built Roger G. White Glasair FT airplane, N4EJ: Accident occurred May 16, 2018 ) at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (KBJC), Broomfield, Colorado

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Broomfield, CO
Accident Number: CEN18LA180
Date & Time: 05/16/2018, 1520 MDT
Registration: N4EJ
Aircraft: Roger G White Glasair
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On May 16, 2018, about 1520 mountain daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Roger G White Glasair FT airplane, N4EJ, was substantially damaged during a runway excursion after landing on runway 12L (9,000 ft by 100 ft, asphalt) at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (BJC), Broomfield, Colorado. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The flight was not operated on a flight plan. The flight originated from the Vance Brand Airport (LMO), Longmont, Colorado about 1500 and was destined for BJC.

The pilot reported that he was relocating the airplane from LMO to BJC for modification after the recent sale of the airplane. He noted that his preflight inspection and run-up did not reveal any anomalies. The takeoff and initial portion of the flight were without incident. He stated that after touching down, during the landing rollout, the airplane veered to the left. He applied right rudder, but the airplane did not respond. He subsequently applied right brake at which time the pedal "went to the floor;" there was "zero" right brake available. The airplane departed the left side of the runway and crossed a grass area adjacent to the runway before coming to rest on a taxiway. The nose landing gear collapsed, and the fuselage sustained substantial damage.

The pilot noted that the airplane was equipped with a free castering nose wheel and did not have any nose wheel steering capability. Directional control during ground operations was maintained with differential braking. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: Roger G White
Registration: N4EJ
Model/Series: Glasair FT
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: BJC, 5673 ft msl
Observation Time: 1545 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / -4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 8000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots, 120°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 50 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Longmont, CO (LMO)
Destination: Broomfield, CO (BJC) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  39.908889, -105.117222 (est)

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