Saturday, June 9, 2018

Cosmos Phase III, N6466: Accident occurred May 01, 2018 at Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport (KFHB), Nassau County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Fernandina Beach, FL
Accident Number: WPR18LA132
Date & Time: 05/01/2018, 0845 EDT
Registration: N6466
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 1, 2018, about 0845 eastern daylight time, a weight-shift-control Cosmos Phase III, N6466, sustained substantial damage after it impacted terrain at Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport (FHB), Fernandina Beach, Florida. The pilot sustained minor injuries, and the second pilot onboard was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a personal flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated at 0830 from FHB.

In a telephone interview with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the pilot reported that the second pilot was on the controls. During the initial climb, at about 700 ft above ground level, the airplane suddenly entered a hard left turn. The pilot took control of the airplane, but was unable to recover. The airplane impacted terrain in a nose down attitude and both pilots were ejected from their seats. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: COSMOS
Registration: N6466
Aircraft Category: Weight-Shift
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: KFHB, 17 ft msl
Observation Time: 0815 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 16°C 
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 100°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.24 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Fernandina Beach, FL (FHB)
Destination: Fernandina Beach, FL (FHB) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 30.611944, -81.461111 (est)

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