Sunday, June 17, 2018

Belite Pipper, N3748: Accident occurred May 23, 2018 at Lake Hood Seaplane Base (PLHD), Anchorage, Alaska

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Anchorage, AK
Accident Number: ANC18LA038
Date & Time: 05/23/2018, 1630 AKD
Registration: N3748
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 23, 2018, about 1630 Alaska daylight time, a James Wiebe Belite Pipper, experimental amateur built airplane, N3748, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing, following a total loss of engine power at Lake Hood Seaplane Base (PLHD), Anchorage, Alaska. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 visual flight rules flight when the accident occurred. The private pilot sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed. The flight departed PLHD for a local flight in the traffic pattern.

According to the pilot, the accident flight was the first flight since maintenance was performed on the airplane's fuel system. The pilot stated that he departed Runway 32 and entered a right downwind to remain in the traffic pattern. While on final approach to Runway 32, he elected to execute a go-around. After opening the throttle, when about 150 ft above ground level (AGL), all engine power was lost.

During the forced landing, the pilot attempted to land back on the runway, but touched down between the runway end lights and bounced, prior to becoming airborne again. With no remaining runway surface available, the airplane descended into a fence and came to rest inverted in marshy terrain about 375 ft from the departure end of Runway 32.

A detailed engine and airframe examination is pending.

The aircraft was equipped with a Rotax 912 UL2 engine. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: JAMES WIEBE
Registration: N3748
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: PALH, 90 ft msl
Observation Time: 2353 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / 2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 18 knots/ 26 knots, 180°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.76 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Anchorage, AK (LHD)
Destination: Anchorage, AK (LHD)

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:  61.190278, -149.969444

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - A plane has crashed near Lake Hood airport, according to the Anchorage Fire Department.

AFD says the pilot was able to walk away from the crash and was not injured.

According to Cleo Hill, spokesperson for the Anchorage Fire Department, the crash was reported at 4:30 p.m. The plane crashed on land, not into the water, Hill said.

NTSB investigator Shaun Williams tells Channel 2 that operations at runway 32, plane crashed, remain suspended as the investigation continues.

Witnesses nearby say they saw a plane upended over the fence, upside down.

Lake Hood is a seaplane base operated by the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport.

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