Friday, August 31, 2018

Experimental, amateur built Avid MK-4, N628X: Accident occurred August 30, 2018 in Harnett, North Carolina

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Harnett, NC
Accident Number: ERA18LA239
Date & Time: 08/30/2018, 1600 EDT
Registration: N628X
Aircraft: Avid MK-4
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 30, 2018, about 1600 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur built Avid MK-4, N628X, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a total loss of engine power near Harnett, North Carolina. The private pilot sustained minor injuries. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight, which originated from a private grass strip near Mount Olive, North Carolina, and was destined for Fuquay Angier Field Airport (78NC), Fuquay Varina, North Carolina.

The pilot reported that during preflight inspection he noted that the airplane had about 8 1/2 to 9 gallons of fuel, "which should have been sufficient" to fly to 78NC, about 35 miles away. En route he noticed the fuel level was just under 1/2 on the fuel tank level sight gauge. He intended to stop for fuel at Harnett Regional Jetport Airport (HRJ), Harnett, North Carolina; however, the airplane experienced a total loss of engine power. He turned on the auxiliary fuel pump but was unable to restart the engine, and subsequently performed a forced landing in a field. After touchdown, the airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector examined the airplane where it came to rest and noted substantial damage to the wings and fuselage.

The two-seat, high-wing, fixed-gear equipped airplane was manufactured in 2016. It was powered by a Rotax 912, 150-horsepower engine.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single engine land. His most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued on February 16, 2016. At that time, he reported a total flight experience of 813 hours.

At 1600, the weather conditions reported at HRJ, about 2 miles northwest of the accident site included, wind from 160° at 3 knots, clear skies, temperature 34°C, dew point 21°C, and an altimeter setting of 30.05 inches of mercury.

The wreckage was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Avid
Registration: N628X
Model/Series: MK-4 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHRJ, 198 ft msl
Observation Time: 1600 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 34°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 160°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Mount Olive, NC (PVT)
Destination: Fuquay/Varina, NC (78NC)

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:  35.365556, -78.692778

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