Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Avid Flyer, N3HH: Accident occurred October 13, 2018 in Palm Bay, Brevard 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; Orlando, Florida

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


Location: Palm Bay, FL
Accident Number: ERA19LA015
Date & Time: 10/13/2018, 1205 EDT
Registration: N3HH
Aircraft: Avid AVID FLYER
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 13, 2018, about 1205 eastern daylight time, an amateur built Avid Flyer, N3HH, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of power near Palm Bay, Florida. The private pilot and passenger were 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 for the local flight, which departed Okeechobee County Airport (OBE), Okeechobee, Florida, about 1115.

The pilot reported that the airplane was in cruise flight when the engine rpm began to decrease, then the engine lost all power. He was able to restart the engine, but full power was not restored. The engine continued to run at a low idle rpm, so the pilot elected to perform a forced landing to a road.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector examined the airplane and noted there was substantial damage to the fuselage tube structure. After an initial examination of the engine, it was started and ran for several minutes around 3,500 rpm. Additionally, both magnetos produced an acceptable drop in rpm when checked.

The two-seat, high-wing, fixed-gear equipped airplane was manufactured in 2016. It was powered by a Rotax 582, 65-horsepower engine.

At 1153, the weather conditions reported at Melbourne International Airport (MLB), Melbourne, Florida, about 10 miles north of the accident site included, wind from 050° at 8 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, scattered 2,000 ft, temperature 30°C, dew point 20°C, and an altimeter setting of 29.93 inches of mercury.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Avid
Registration: N3HH
Model/Series: AVID FLYER
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: KMLB, 27 ft msl
Observation Time: 1653 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / 20°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 50°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.93 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Okeechobee, FL (OBE)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  27.934167, -80.606667

For the second time in less than a week, a plane made an emergency landing along a Brevard County roadway.

Brevard County Fire Rescue responded after the airplane made an emergency landing on a roadway in south Melbourne Beach after noon Saturday.

No injuries were reported when the aircraft landed on Caledonia Drive, a short dead-end street off State Road A1A. The two occupants inside were able exit the plane.

Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputies were on the scene, and the Federal Aviation Administration had been notified by local agencies. 

The incident remains under investigation. 

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.floridatoday.com

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