Friday, July 13, 2018

Glasair SH-2, N352GL: Accident occurred July 11, 2018 in Passadumkeag, Penobscot County, Maine

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Passadumkeag, ME
Accident Number: ERA18LA190
Date & Time: 07/11/2018, 1920 EDT
Registration: N352GL
Aircraft: GLASAIR SH2
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 11, 2018, about 1920 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Glasair SH2, N352GL, was substantially damaged during a forced landing after a total loss of engine power near Passadumkeag, Maine. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated by the pilot/owner as a personal flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident for the local flight, which originated at Lincoln Regional Airport (LRG), Lincoln, Maine, around 1855.

According to the pilot, he performed a preflight inspection, noted 19 gallons of fuel on board the airplane, and reported no anomalies prior to takeoff. The airplane departed runway 35 at LRG, climbed to 1,200 ft mean sea level (msl), and the pilot noted that the engine parameters were "normal." Then, about 10 miles southwest of the airport, at cruise airspeed, the engine started to run "rough" and decreased to about half of cruise power. The pilot checked the engine gauges, noted no irregularities, and unsuccessfully attempted the regain engine power by turning the fuel boost pump on. Within about 30 seconds of the reduction of power, the engine lost total power and the propeller stopped.

The pilot performed a forced landing to a bog. The airplane came to rest inverted and the empennage separated.

The airplane was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: GLASAIR
Registration: N352GL
Model/Series: SH2
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: KMLT, 402 ft msl
Observation Time: 2253 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 28 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 310°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lincoln, ME (LRG)
Destination: Lincoln, ME (LRG)

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:  45.186389, -68.568889 (est)

A pilot of an “experimental” airplane walked away without a scratch after being forced to land in a marsh in Passadumkeag on Wednesday, a Penobscot County sheriff’s deputy said.

Deputy Jason Matheson described the plane as an “experimental” that had been airborne for some time when its engine seized up at about 8 p.m.

The pilot, whose name Matheson did not record, was far from the only airport close by, in Lincoln, so he chose to land in a treeless, swampy area off Pleasant Street north of Passadumkeag village, he said.

The pilot might have been lucky, but he was definitely skillful, Matheson said.

“He stayed away from the power lines and he picked a good area. He is very experienced,” Matheson said Wednesday. “He did an excellent job staying cool. He was as cool as a cucumber.”

The pilot walked up to Matheson as the latter was just arriving and assured the sheriff’s deputy that he was fine.

“All we did for law enforcement is facilitated making sure he was OK. Other than that, there was nothing for us to do,” Matheson said.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified of the crash, per standard procedure.

Federal Aviation Administration investigators will likely arrive in Passadumkeag on Thursday, Matheson said.

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