Friday, July 06, 2018

Evektor Sportstar, N902HB: Accident occurred July 05, 2018 near Triangle North Executive Airport (KLHZ), Louisburg, Franklin County, North Carolina

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Louisburg, NC
Accident Number: GAA18CA394
Date & Time: 07/05/2018, 1530 EDT
Registration: N902HB
Aircraft: Evektor Aerotechnik SPORTSTAR
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Aerodynamic stall/spin
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The solo student pilot reported that, during the initial climb, the airplane drifted off the runway to the left towards a wooded area. He attempted to slow and stop the airplane, but the airplane struck a culvert, which "launched" the airplane back into the air. He then increased the engine power to full, pitched the nose up, flew the airplane back into the traffic pattern and landed without further incident.

After taking time to gather himself, he departed to conduct a basic navigation exercise in the local area, but became disoriented, and used the airplane's Global Positioning System (GPS) to return to the departure airport. Due to previous issues with touch-and-goes and navigation issues during the flight, the pilot was mentally distracted on downwind and allowed the airplane to slow. During the turn to base, the airplane stalled, and the pilot overcorrected. The airplane entered a spin and collided with trees.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings.

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

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 45, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
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: None Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 14 hours (Total, all aircraft), 14 hours (Total, this make and model), 7 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Evektor Aerotechnik
Registration: N902HB
Model/Series: SPORTSTAR No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2006
Amateur Built: No 
Airworthiness Certificate: Special Light-Sport
Serial Number: 2006 0604
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Bombardier
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: Rotax
Registered Owner: Total Flight Aircraft Leasing LLC
Rated Power:
Operator: Total Flight Aircraft Leasing LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLHZ, 369 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1935 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 227°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 5000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.25 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 20°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Louisburg, NC (LHZ)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Louisburg, NC (LHZ)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time:  EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 367 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 23
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5498 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; 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: 36.032500, -78.317500 (est)

LOUISBURG, N.C. (WNCN) - A pilot is expected to be OK after his aircraft went down Thursday at an airport in Franklin County officials said.

Maurice Evans, 45, of Louisburg, was in training for takeoffs and landings. It was his third solo flight. 

The plane went down into a wooded area around 4 p.m. at the Triangle North Executive airport, which is located at 440 Airport Rd. just off U.S. 401 near Louisburg.

The aircraft wings appear to be torn off but the pilot walked away and is expected to be OK.

The Federal Aviation Administration has taken over the investigation.

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LOUISBURG, N.C. (WTVD) -- A pilot trying to land a single-engine plane at the Triangle North Executive Airport in Louisburg on Thursday afternoon crashed into the treeline about a half a mile from the end of the runway, Franklin County Chief of Staff Terry Wright said.

The plane started to spiral when the pilot was attempting to land.

The pilot received a minor shin injury, but will not be transported to a hospital.

Authorities said the five-point harness likely saved the pilot's life.

The plane is still stuck in the trees and crews are investigating the wreckage.

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LOUISBURG, N.C. — A pilot was able to walk away from a plane crash Thursday afternoon in Franklin County.

Authorities said the crash occurred in a wooded area near the Triangle North Executive Airport in Louisburg just after 3:30 p.m.

Authorities said pilot Maurice Evans was the only person onboard the two-passenger aircraft at the time of the crash.

Officials said Evans was in training, practicing his takeoffs and landings, when the plane's engine stalled. 

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

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