Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Backcountry Super Cub, registered to BKF Aviation Ltd and operated by the pilot, N59BK: Accident occurred November 19, 2018 at Casper/Natrona County International Airport (KCPR), Wyoming

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Casper, Wyoming

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


Location: Casper, WY
Accident Number: WPR19LA029
Date & Time: 11/19/2018, 1530 MST
Registration: N59BK
Aircraft: BKF Backcountry Super Cub
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Flight Test 

On November 19, 2018, about 1530 mountain standard time, an experimental amateur built BKF Backcountry Super Cub airplane, N59BK, was substantially damaged during a forced landing shortly after takeoff from Casper/Natrona County International airport, Casper, Wyoming. The commercial pilot and pilot-rated passenger were not injured. The airplane was registered to BKF Aviation Ltd, Boston, Massachusetts, and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a test flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the airport about the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident.

According to the pilot, he initiated takeoff from runway 21, utilizing full power. After the airplane became airborne, he slightly reduced power. As the airplane ascended above 500 ft above ground level, the pilot increased engine power, which was followed by a total loss of engine power shortly after. The pilot initiated a left descending turn and attempted to return to the runway. During the turn, he realized that he would not be able to complete the turn to completely realign with the runway, and leveled the wings, to land on the runway and roll off the runway edge into the grass. The airplane subsequently landed hard on the right side of runway 21, and the left main landing gear axle separated.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the left-wing strut was structurally damaged. The airplane was relocated to a secure facility for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: BKF
Registration: N59BK
Model/Series: Backcountry Supercub
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: KCPR, 5344 ft msl
Observation Time: 2253 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 2°C / -6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / , 220°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.17 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Casper, WY (CPR)
Destination: Casper, WY (CPR) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  42.905833, -106.460000 

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