Monday, August 6, 2018

Columbia Lancair-LC-41-550FG, registered to and operated by Reitz Offshore Logistics LLC, N2546B: Accident occurred August 03, 2018 at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (KDFW), 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; Irving, North Texas

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


http://registry.faa.gov/N2546B

Location: Dallas, TX

Accident Number: CEN18LA315
Date & Time: 08/03/2018, 0810 CDT
Registration: N2546B
Aircraft: COLUMBIA AIRCRAFT MFG LC41-550FG
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 3, 2018, about 0810 central daylight time, a Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing LC42-550FG, N2546B, departed the taxiway and collided with a taxiway sign while taxiing at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Dallas, Texas. The private pilot was not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by Reitz Offshore Logistics, LLC, under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the cross-country flight that departed Wiley Post Airport (PWA), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, about 0715.

According to the pilot, after an uneventful landing on runway 17L he was issued taxi instructions to a fixed base operator (FBO) on the general aviation ramp. The pilot reported that the taxi was uneventful until the right turn from taxiway K to taxiway Z. He stated that the airplane did not respond to a full application of right rudder and brake pedal. Additionally, an application of the left brake pedal did not slow the airplane. The airplane departed the taxiway and went into a grass median where the right wing impacted a lighted taxiway sign.

A postaccident examination of the airplane was completed by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors with the North Texas Flight Standards District Office. The right wing upper and lower composite skins were fractured and crushed over an area measuring about 2.5 ft wide. The FAA inspectors noted that both right and left main landing gear brake pads were worn excessively, which allowed brake fluid to leak past their respective O-ring seals when the cockpit brake pedals were depressed. Additionally, the right main tire was uninflated and exhibited rotational scoring where the wheel rim had contacted the tire. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: COLUMBIA AIRCRAFT MFG
Registration: N2546B
Model/Series: LC41-550FG
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:  No
Operator: Reitz Offshore Logistics, LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: DFW, 607 ft msl
Observation Time: 0753 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 11000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 120°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Oklahoma City, OK (PWA)
Destination:  Dallas, TX (DFW)

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:  32.897222, -97.037778 (est)

Modification 1 of 1
01/16/2007

THE FOLLOWING EQUIPMENT WAS REMOVED TO FACILITATE INSTALLATION OF THE FERRY FUEL SYSTEM SEATS 2, 3, & 4, & THREE 02 BOTTLES. INSTALLED: 230 GAL CAPACITY SYNTHETIC BLADDER TANK AFT OF PILOT SEAT AREA AND A 30 GAL CAPACITY SYNTHETIC BLADDER TANK IN CO-PILOT SEAT AREA TANKS ARE SECURED TO CARGO HOLD DOWN RINGS AND SEAT BELT ATTACH POINTS WITH NYLON STRAPS. FUEL ROUTED FROM FERRY TANKS THROUGH FLEXIBLE LINES, PUMPS AND VALVES OUT THE LEFT HAND WING ROOT OUT THROUGH THE WING INTO A SPECIAL FUEL CAP. AN HF RADIO SYSTEM INSTALLED CONSISTING OF A KENWOOD TRANSCEIVER MODEL #TS-50 AND A SMART TURNER MODEL #S6-230. A LONG WIRE ANTENNA ALSO INSTALLED. SYSTEMS WERE FUNCTIONALLY TESTED OK WEIGHT AND BALANCE ADDENDUM FOR OVER GROSS WEIGHT OPERATION. THESE SYSTEMS TO BE REMOVED AND AIRCRAFT RETURNED TO NORMAL CONFIGURATION AFTER FERRY FLIGHT TERMINATES. NO PERSON MAY OPERATE THIS AIRCRAFT AS ALTERED, UNLESS IT HAS WITHIN IT AN APPROPR
IATE AND CURRENT SPECIAL FLIGHT PERMIT ISSUED UNDER FAR PART 21.

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