Sunday, July 29, 2018

Van’s RV-9A, N899RV: Accident occurred July 28, 2018 at Park Township Airport (KHLM), Holland, Michigan

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Holland, MI
Accident Number: GAA18CA466
Date & Time: 07/28/2018, 0950 EDT
Registration: N899RV
Aircraft: VANS RV9
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, during landing, the airplane bounced. He initiated a go around, the airplane veered left, touched back down on the ground, and impacted 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. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 46, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 5-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/28/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/04/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 220.8 hours (Total, all aircraft), 35.5 hours (Total, this make and model), 168 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 29.7 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 8.1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: VANS
Registration: N899RV
Model/Series: RV9 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2006
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 90537
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/05/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1750 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 513 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 160 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: KBIV, 689 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1353 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 136°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 15°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Oshkosh, WI (OSH)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Holland, MI (HLM)
Type of Clearance: VFR; VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 0830 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 603 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 05
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2999 ft / 59 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Go Around; Straight-in

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:  42.796667, -86.162500 (est)

PARK TWP. (WHTC AM/FM) -- A homebuilt plane crashed at Park Township Airport, 1269 Ottawa Beach Rd. just before 10 a.m. Saturday, July 28, 2018. Park Township Fire and Ottawa County Sheriff's deputies responded to the crash, along with airport officials.

Ottawa County Sheriff's Sgt. Brian Buter, a road patrol shift supervisor, had been at the U.S. Coast Guard Festival but came to the airport.

"We learned that on his approach, he was at, I believe at 70 knots and on his initial touchdown, he bounced -- terminology for not having good, solid contact when he was hitting the runway to slow down and take off again," Buter said.

That bounce threw the plane off just enough that his second landing attempt was unsuccessful, Buter said, and the pilot steered through the field, shutting down his engine to avoid propeller damage. The plane stopped near a stand of trees at the edge of the airfield.

The pilot was uninjured, and declined comment when asked.

The aircraft is a 2006 single-engine, fixed-wing homebuilt Van's RV-9A, according to FAA records. The plane is registered to John Boer of Holland, according to FAA records.

Park Township Trustee Skip Keeter, an airport board member, said the last crash at the Park Twp. airport was about eight years ago

"I'm sure our airport committee will meet early next week to review what happened," Keeter said.

Original article can be found here ➤

OTTAWA COUNTY, Mich. — The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a single-engine airplane that incurred a mishap during its landing and ended up in a wooded area Saturday morning.

The incident occurred at 9:54 a.m. Saturday at the Park Township Airport located at 1269 Ottawa Beach Road.

The investigation showed that pilot John Boer of the Holland area was returning from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and was attempting to land on the runway at a speed of approximately 70 knots. During his touchdown on the west end of the runway he incurred a “bounce” on the landing and elected to retry the touchdown.

However, as Boer was attempting to leave the runway he lost control of his Van's RV-9A, and the plane came to rest in a wooded area off the north end of the runway.

Boer, who was operating solo, was not hurt. No other people were injured in the accident.

There was some moderate damage to the plane.

The Federal Aviation Administration was contacted and will be investigating further next week.

Original article can be found here ➤

PARK TOWNSHIP, Mich. - The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office is investigating a single engine plane crash that suffered from a "mishap" at its landing and ended up in a wooded area of the Park Township Airport on Saturday morning.

According to the sheriff's office, the incident happened just before 10 a.m. on Saturday. Holland-area pilot, John Boer, was returning from Oshkosh, Wisconsin and attempted to land a Van's RV-9A plane on Park Township Airport's runway at about 70 knots.

During his touchdown on the west end of the runway, Boer incurred a "bounce" on the landing and tried to retry the touchdown, deputies say. When Boer attempted to leave the runway a second time, he lost control of the aircraft and came to rest in a wooded area off the north end of the runway.

Boer was alone and uninjured in the incident. No one else was reportedly hurt, but there was some moderate damage to the plane.

The Federal Aviation Administration was contacted and will be investigating further later this week. 

Original article can be found here ➤

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