Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Steen Skybolt, N22GL: Accident occurred July 14, 2018 at Cotton Patch Airport (TA75), Lexington, Lee County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Lexington, TX
Accident Number: CEN18LA271
Date & Time: 07/14/2018, 1400 CDT
Registration: N22GL
Aircraft: Steen Skybolt
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 14, 2018, about 1400 central daylight time, a Leake Steen Skybolt biplane, N22GL, was substantially damaged when the main landing gear failed while it was taxiing from landing at Cotton Patch Airport (TA75), Lexington, Texas. The pilot was not injured, but the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions existed at the accident site at the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight originated from TA75 about 1300.

According to the pilot, he was taxiing to his hangar after landing when the airplane began to settle to the ground. He discovered the main landing gear had failed, allowing it to spread apart. The pilot reported damage to the fuselage tubing. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Steen
Registration: N22GL
Model/Series: Skybolt
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: GYB, 484 ft msl
Observation Time: 1355 CDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lexington, TX (T75)
Destination: Lexington, TX (T75) 

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:  30.391667, -97.108333 (est)

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