Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Quicksilver, MXL II, N594TC: Accident occurred July 14, 2018 near Antonio (Nery) Juarbe Pol Airport (ABO), Arecibo, Puerto Rico

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Juan, Puerto Rico

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


Location: Arecibo, PR
Accident Number: ERA18LA193
Date & Time: 07/14/2018, 1740 AST
Registration: N594TC
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 14, 2018, about 1740 Atlantic standard time, an experimental light sport Quicksilver, MXL II, N594TC, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain during an approach to land at Antonio (Nery) Juarbe Pol Airport (ABO), Arecibo, Puerto Rico. The non-certificated pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated by the individual pilot as a personal flight 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 local flight.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the non-certificated pilot reported that he was returning to ABO after a 1-hour local flight and approached runway 8. During the approach, he decided to performed a go-around and subsequently encountered strong wind, so he turned 180° to land on runway 26. While maneuvering, about 1/2 mile from runway 26, the engine experienced a lost total of power. The individual pilot landed straight ahead into marshy terrain. The pilot further reported that he took off with 5 gallons of fuel on board.

An examination by the FAA inspector found that the airplane sustained substantial damage to the empennage and fuselage. Flight control continuity was confirmed. Engine compression and continuity were established by rotating the propeller by hand. The fuel selector position was found in the off position. The fuel filter container was about 1/2 full of fuel. A residual amount of fuel was found in the main fuel tank , and the fuel cap was secured and closed. A review of the ABO airport's daily logbook recorded a departure time of 1630 for the accident airplane.

According to FAA airman records, the pilotindividual operating the airplane was issued a third class medical and student pilot certificate in December 2011, which expired in December 2013. There was no record found that the pilotindividual held an airman certificate.

According to FAA airworthiness records, the two-seat, single-engine, high-wing airplane was manufactured in 1995. It was equipped with a Rotax 503 DI/ SC engine. The airplane had a total fuel capacity of 6-gallons.

The weather conditions reported at 1750 at Rafael Hernandez Airport (BQN), Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, 27 miles from the accident site, included wind from 090° at 16 knots, gusting to 23 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, broken clouds at 1,800 ft above ground, temperature 28°C, and dew point 23°C.

The airplane was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: QUICKSILVER
Registration: N594TC
Model/Series: MXL II
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: BQN, 8 ft msl
Observation Time: 1750 AST
Distance from Accident Site: 27 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 16 knots / 23 knots, 90°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 1800 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Arecibo, PR (ABO)
Destination: Arecibo, PR (ABO) 

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:  18.455278, -66.663056 (est)

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