Thursday, May 3, 2018

Lancair 360, N92WL: Accident occurred May 02, 2018 near West Woodward Airport (KWWR), Oklahoma

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Woodward, OK
Accident Number: CEN18LA156
Date & Time: 05/02/2018, 1620 CDT
Registration: N92WL
Aircraft: LAMINAR Lancair 360
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 2, 2018, about 1620 central daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Laminar Lancair 360 airplane, N92WL, experienced a total loss of engine power during cruise flight and impacted terrain during a forced landing to a field about 1/2 mile from the Woodward Municipal Airport (WWR), Woodward, Oklahoma. The pilot and one passenger were not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was owned by an individual and operated by the pilot under the provisions of the Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, which was operated on an instrument flight plan. The flight departed the Lee Summit Municipal Airport (LXT), Lee's Summit, Missouri, about 1416, and was en route to the Dalhart Municipal Airport, Dalhart, Texas.

At 1555, the surface weather observation at WRR was wind 160° at 23 knots, gusting to 32 knots; visibility 10 miles; scattered clouds 4,700 ft, scattered clouds 5,500 ft, scattered clouds 6,500 ft; temperature 27° C; dew point 15° C; and altimeter 29.78 inches of mercury. Lightning observed distant to northeast, south, and west. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: LAMINAR
Registration: N92WL
Model/Series: Lancair 360
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: WWR, 2189 ft msl
Observation Time: 1555 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 15°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4700 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 23 knots/ 32 knots, 160°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.78 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Lee Summit, MO (LXT)
Destination: Dalhart, TX (DHT)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 36.443611, -99.515000 (est)

Two men flying an experimental aircraft from Missouri to Arizona forced landed their plane in the field just north of the Woodward Airport on Wednesday afternoon.

The men, Pilot Mark Johnson of Cypress, Texas and passenger Matthew Lafe of Prescott, Arizona were piloting the experimental Lancair 360 back to Arizona after purchasing the aircraft in Missouri, according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Steve Nightengale.

At 10,000 feet, the pilot told Nightengale that the aircraft suffered a complete engine failure and they had too much headwind from nearby storms so they tried to make it back to Woodward's airport, where they hoped to make a controlled landing.

However, the aircraft lost altitude and they were forced to put the aircraft dopwn in the field just north of the Woodward Regional Airport.

Called to the scene were law enforcement, firefighters and ambulance service. The two men on the plane appeared to be in good condition upon setting the plane down in the grass.

The investigation is being headed by Trooper Roy Anderson of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol's aircraft incident investigation unit.

Original article can be found here ➤


Jim B said...

Nicely done. These men and this airplane will live to fly again.

Kept their composure and followed procedures.

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking buyers remorse.

Jim B said...

I figure it is under warranty as well as insurance.

I cannot quite tell but did the prop blade on the left side get bent?

I do not see any mud, etc.

Anonymous said...

Yes it is bent forward at the tip