Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Nieuport 17 Replica, N315BD: Accident occurred May 08, 2018 at Las Cruces International Airport (KLRU), Doña Ana County, New Mexico

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Las Cruces, NM
Accident Number: GAA18CA266
Date & Time: 05/08/2018, 0915 MDT
Registration: N315BD
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Runway excursion
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

According to the pilot in the tailwheel-equipped bi-plane, the purpose of the flight was to accomplish the first test flight of the experimental amateur-built airplane. During the takeoff roll the airplane yawed to the left when the tail lifted. He reported that the airplane became airborne but would not accelerate. The airplane remained in ground effect, collided with rising terrain, and subsequently nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the rudder and the left main and sub-wings.

The METAR at the airport reported that about the time of the accident, the wind was from 04° at 4 knots. The temperature was 81°F and the dew point was 27°F. The barometric setting was 30.12Hg and the airport elevation was 4,456ft. The density altitude was 6,742ft. The pilot used runway 8.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private; Sport Pilot
Age: 58, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
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: Class 3 Waiver Time Limited Special
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/14/2014
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/07/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 71.5 hours (Total, all aircraft), 0.1 hours (Total, this make and model), 28.8 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: DIVEN ROBERT
Registration: N315BD
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2018
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 046
Landing Gear Type:Tailwheel 
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.:  950 lbs 
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 0 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Subaru
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: EA81
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 60 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: KLRU, 4456 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1515 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 147°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 11000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 40°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / -3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Las Cruces, NM (LRU)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Las Cruces, NM (LRU)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0914 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 4456 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 08
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6069 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

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: 32.289444, -106.921944 (est)

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