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Freedom Master FM-2 Air Shark, N282XT: Accident occurred July 23, 2016 near Goodspeed Airport (42B), Haddam, Middlesex County, Connecticut


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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Windsor Locks, Connecticut

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N282XT


Location: East Haddam, CT
Accident Number: ERA16LA267
Date & Time: 07/23/2016, 1555 EDT
Registration: N282XT
Aircraft: TEMPLE BENJAMIN FREEDOM MASTER FM-2
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 23, 2016, about 1555 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Freedom Master FM-2, N282XT, was substantially damaged when it impacted a house shortly after takeoff from Goodspeed Airport (42B), East Haddam, Connecticut. The commercial pilot sustained serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the personal flight that was operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 and was destined for Republic Airport (FRG), Farmingdale, New York.

According to witnesses, the pilot performed an engine run-up and then departed the airport. The airplane climbed to about 400 feet above ground level, "banked hard left," entered a spin, and then descended behind trees. A witness video recorded the airplane in the spin, which revealed that the engine was operating until it impacted a house.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records, the pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land and sea, multiengine land, and instrument airplane. His most recent second-class medical certificate was issued on April 29, 2016. According to the pilot's logbook recovered at the time of the accident, he accumulated about 375 hours of flight time, of which, no hours were reported in the previous 3 years. However, his most recent flight review was dated January 29, 2016. Due to the pilot's injuries and subsequent convalescence, he was unable to complete and submit the National Transportation Safety Board Pilot/Operator Accident/Incident Report (Form 6120.1). According to a friend of the pilot, the pilot did not have much flight time in the accident airplane and that most of the accident airplane phase flights were completed by another pilot.

According to FAA records, the airplane was issued an airworthiness certificate in 2012. It was equipped with a Lycoming IO-360-C1C, 200-hp engine. A review of the maintenance logbooks revealed that the most recent condition inspection was performed on January 31, 2016, at a total time of 9.5 hours. In a maintenance log entry dated March 11, 2016, it stated that the airplane had accumulated 32.1 total hours of time in service.

According to an FAA Inspector who responded to the accident site, the airplane impacted the house in a nose low attitude and came to rest inside the structure. The wings, fuselage, and empennage were substantially damaged during the accident sequence. The propeller remained attached to the engine and exhibited chordwise scratching. Furthermore, an odor consistent with aviation fuel was noted at the accident site.

An examination of the airframe by an NTSB investigator revealed that both wing tips were impact damaged and the wings were separated from the airframe. The flaps and ailerons remained attached to the wings. The horizontal stabilizer and elevator were cut from the airframe to facilitate recovery, and the elevator remained attached to the horizontal stabilizer. The rudder was partially separated from the empennage. Flight control continuity was confirmed from all flight control surfaces to the cockpit through fractures consistent with overload.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 46, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 None
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/29/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/29/2016
Flight Time:  378.9 hours (Total, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: TEMPLE BENJAMIN
Registration: N282XT
Model/Series: FREEDOM MASTER FM-2 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2012
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 026
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats:
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/31/2016, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3600 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 23 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 32.1 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-C1C
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 200 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: SNC, 417 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1555 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 208°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots / 15 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 300°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 29.8 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 34°C / 14°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: East Haddam, CT (42B)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: FARMINGDALE, NY (FRG)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1700 EDT
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: GOODSPEED (42B)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 9 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: 32
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2120 ft / 50 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 41.450278, -72.460000 (est)




NTSB Identification: ERA16LA267 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 23, 2016 in East Haddam, CT
Aircraft: TEMPLE BENJAMIN FREEDOM MASTER FM-2, registration: N282XT
Injuries: 1 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 23, 2016, about 1700 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Freedom Master FM-2, N282XT, was substantially damaged when it impacted a house shortly after takeoff from Goodspeed Airport (42B), East Haddam, Connecticut. The commercial pilot sustained serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the personal flight that was operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to witnesses, the pilot performed an engine run-up and then departed the airport. The airplane climbed to about 400 feet above ground level, "banked hard left," entered a spin, and then descended behind trees. A witness video recorded the airplane in the spin, which revealed that the engine was operating until it impacted a house.

The airplane impacted the house in a nose low attitude and came to rest inside the structure. The wings, fuselage, and empennage were substantially damaged during the accident sequence. The propeller remained attached to the engine and exhibited chordwise scratching. Furthermore, an odor consistent with aviation fuel was noted at the accident site.

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