Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Vans RV-6, registered to Southern Star Aviation LLC and operated by a private individual, N306FR: Accident occurred July 20, 2018 at Comanche County Airport (3K8), Coldwater, Kansas

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita, Kansas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: Coldwater, KS
Accident Number: CEN18LA286
Date & Time: 07/20/2018, 1311 CDT
Registration: N306FR
Aircraft: Vans RV6
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 20, 2018, about 1310 central daylight time, a Vans RV-6 airplane, N306FR, collided with terrain near Coldwater, Kansas. The pilot and passenger were seriously injured, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to Southern Star Aviation LLC and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan. The flight originated at an unknown origin and was landing at Comanche County Airport (3K8), Coldwater, Kansas.

According to preliminary information obtained by investigators from the pilot, while attempting to land on runway 17 in gusty wind conditions, the airplane bounced and the pilot performed a go-around. During the go-around, the right wing dropped and contacted the ground. The airplane spun and came to rest upright. A postimpact fire ensued, seriously injuring the occupants as they egressed the airplane. The fire continued and consumed a majority of the wreckage. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Vans
Registration: N306FR
Model/Series: RV6 Undesignated
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: KDDC, 2592 ft msl
Observation Time: 1352 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 45 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 38°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / 21 knots, 190°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.89 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point:
Destination: Coldwater, KS (3K8)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  37.222778, -99.331944 (est)

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