Friday, November 16, 2018

Unregistered experimental amateur-built Supercat: Accident occurred October 09, 2018 at Three Rivers Municipal, Dr. Haines Airport (KHAI), St. Joseph County, Michigan

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Three Rivers, MI
Accident Number: WPR19TA009
Date & Time: 10/09/2018, 1904 EDT
Registration: UNREG
Aircraft: Kreling Supercat
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On October 9, 2018, at 1904 eastern daylight time, an unregistered experimental amateur-built Supercat airplane collided with terrain after takeoff from Three Rivers Municipal Dr Haines Airport, Three Rivers, Michigan. The private pilot sustained serious injuries, and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the forward fuselage. The airplane was operated by the pilot/builder under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 as a local personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot reported that this was the first flight since he had finished construction of the airplane. He stated that the takeoff runway was a 1,000-ft-long grass strip, adjacent and parallel to Runway 9. After warming up the engine, he taxied the airplane into position, and initiated the takeoff roll. The airplane lifted off after traveling about 1/4 of the runway length, and he stated that during the initial climb he failed to maintain pitch attitude and adequate airspeed, and the airplane stalled. The airplane struck the ground nose-down just beyond the end of the runway.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Kreling
Registration: UNREG
Model/Series: Supercat
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: KHAI, 824 ft msl
Observation Time: 2317 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 8500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 160°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Three Rivers, MI (HAI)
Destination: Three Rivers, MI (HAI)

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: 41.961111, -85.586111 (est)

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