Monday, July 02, 2018

Aeroprakt A-22 Valor, N712FP: Accident occurred June 30, 2018 at Malone-Dufort Airport (KMAL), Franklin County, New York

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albany, New York

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Location: Malone, NY
Accident Number: GAA18CA416
Date & Time: 06/30/2018, 1912 EDT
Registration: N712FP
Aircraft: Aeroprakt A-22 VALOR
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Hard landing
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

According to the pilot, he over flew the airport and assessed the wind for landing. During the landing flare the airplane encountered a crosswind gust from the right. The right wing lifted, and the left wing struck the ground. The airplane pivoted about the left wing and landed hard.

The pilot reported that about the time of the accident, the wind at the airport was from 240° and light and variable, but gusting to 7 knots. The pilot landed on runway 23.

He reported that when first responders arrived at the accident site, he brought to their attention that the wind was coming from about 310°.

The airplane sustained substantial damage the left wing spar.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 69, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/01/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/15/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 200 hours (Total, all aircraft), 20 hours (Total, this make and model), 200 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 2.5 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1.1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Aeroprakt
Registration: N712FP
Model/Series: A-22 VALOR Undesignated
Aircraft Category:  Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2008
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Special Light-Sport
Serial Number: 223
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/23/2008, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2900 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 912
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 100 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: KSLK, 1663 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 29 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 
Direction from Accident Site: 169°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Unknown
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Light and Variable / 7 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 240°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Malone, NY (MAL)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Malone, NY (MAL)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Airport: Malone-Dufort (MAL)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 789 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 23
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3994 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing:  Full Stop; Straight-in; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  44.853611, -74.328889 (est)

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