Monday, December 17, 2018

Loss of Engine Power (partial): Rans S-12XL, N3165V, accident occurred December 16, 2018 in McClure, Henry County, Ohio

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

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cleveland, Ohio; North Olmsted, Ohio

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: MCCLURE, OH
Accident Number: CEN19LA047
Date & Time: 12/16/2018, 1530 EST
Registration: N3165V
Aircraft: Rans S12
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 16, 2018, at 1530 eastern standard time, a Rans Inc. S-12XL, N3165V, experienced a partial loss of engine power during a departure climb from runway 36 at the pilot's private airstrip near McClure, Ohio. The pilot performed a forced landing to a field about 100 feet north of departure end of the runway after the airplane was unable to maintain a positive climb rate. The airplane sustained substantial damage on impact with terrain. The private pilot and a passenger were uninjured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight that was not operating on a flight plan. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident and was to return to the departure airport upon completion of the flight.

Post-accident examination of the airplane engine revealed low cylinder compression of the engine and scoring of the piston and cylinder walls. No other anomalies were noted.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Rans
Registration: N3165V
Model/Series: S12 XL
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Pilot
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: USE, 781 ft msl
Observation Time: 1330 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 6°C / 6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  9 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: MCCLURE, OH (PVT)
Destination: MCCLURE, OH (PVT) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 41.371389, -83.941944 (est)

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