Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Evolution Revo, operated by Pacific Blue Air Inc, N145PT: Accident occurred August 21, 2018 at Hawthorne Municipal Airport (KHHR), Los Angeles County, California

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Los Angeles, California

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Hawthorne, CA
Accident Number: GAA18CA499
Date & Time: 08/21/2018, 1230 PDT
Registration: N145PT
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The flight instructor in the weight-shift control aircraft reported that, during a demonstration flight, during the landing flare, he observed the wind sock shift 90° and he felt a violent wind gust from the left that lifted the left wing. He attempted to lower the left wing, but the right wing impacted the ground, and the aircraft cartwheeled before coming to rest.

The flight instructor reported that, after the accident, an airport worker reported to him that he had been caught in a "dust devil".

The weight-shift control aircraft sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

The flight instructor reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the weight-shift control aircraft that would have precluded normal operation.

The automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about 1243 Pacific daylight time, 13 minutes after the accident, the wind was from 230° at 8 knots, 7 statute miles, few clouds at 2,900 ft, temperature 81°F, dew point 66°F. The weight-shift control aircraft landed on runway 25. 

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial; Sport Pilot
Age: 62, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane; Helicopter
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Sport Pilot
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/20/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/05/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 3550 hours (Total, all aircraft), 340 hours (Total, this make and model), 3057 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 24 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N145PT
Model/Series: REVO
Aircraft Category: Weight-Shift
Year of Manufacture: 2010
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Special Light-Sport
Serial Number: 000557
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1060 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
Engine Model/Series: 912ULS
Registered Owner: Daniel R. White
Rated Power: 100 hp
Operator: Pacific Blue Air, Inc.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHHR, 63 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1943 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 305°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 2900 ft agl
Visibility:  7 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 230°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 19°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Hawthorne, CA (HHR)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Hawthorne, CA (HHR)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1145 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 65 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 25
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4884 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None

Latitude, Longitude: 33.922778, -118.333611 (est)

A light sport aircraft crash-landed Tuesday at Hawthorne Municipal Airport, but the two occupants escaped largely unscathed, county fire officials said.

Firefighters and paramedics were dispatched to the airport at 12101 S. Crenshaw Blvd. at 12:32 p.m., a dispatcher said.

The Evolution Revo impacted terrain. 

The pilot and passenger were taken from the scene by paramedics to another part of the airport to be checked out. Both refused medical treatment, according to county fire officials.

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A light sport aircraft crashed near a runway at Hawthorne Municipal Airport Tuesday afternoon, but its pilot and one passenger were not seriously injured, officials said.

The crash occurred at 12:30 p.m. at the airport, said Gustavo Medina, an inspector with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Paramedics evaluated the two people who were on board, but they declined transport to a hospital, he said.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the agency will investigate what caused the Revolution Revo to crash as it landed.

The Revolution Revo crashed just north of the runway in a “safety area,” and the passengers walked away, said Airport Supervisor Guido Fernandez.

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