Saturday, August 18, 2018

Pipistrel Sinus 912, N467L: Accident occurred August 12, 2018 at North Palm Beach County General Aviation Airport (F45), West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Miramar, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: West Palm Beach, FL
Accident Number: ERA18LA214
Date & Time: 08/12/2018, 0840 EDT
Registration: N467L
Aircraft: Pipistrel SINUS 912
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 12, 2018, about 0840 eastern daylight time, Pipistral Sinus 912, N467L, was destroyed by fire following a precautionary landing at North Palm Beach County General Aviation Airport (F45), West Palm Beach, Florida. The private pilot was not injured. 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.

According to the pilot of the motor glider, after dropping of a passenger from a previous flight he restarted the engine and taxied out to runway 27R. After checking his instrument gauges, he made a radio call indicating that he would remain in the traffic pattern. During takeoff he noticed the engine sounded "a little rough," and as he turned downwind he started to smell smoke. He shut down the engine and returned for landing. The landing was uneventful and when the aircraft stopped, the pilot noticed flames below the right door. He exited the airplane and the flames grew and eventually consumed the airplane.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the cockpit was consumed by the fire. Further examination of the motor glider's engine revealed that the exhaust manifold was cracked. The exhaust manifold was removed and sent to the NTSB Material Laboratory for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Pipistrel
Registration: N467L
Model/Series: SINUS 912 No Series
Aircraft Category: Glider
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Paul Loschiavo
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: F45, 22 ft msl
Observation Time: 1253 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 24°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 2800 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 220°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point:  West Palm Beach, FL (F45)
Destination: West Palm Beach, FL (F45)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: In-Flight
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  26.845833, -80.222222 (est)

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