Saturday, February 9, 2019

Hill Group LLC, CCX-2000, N57FX: Accident occurred January 19, 2019 in Roll, Yuma County, Arizona

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Roll, AZ
Accident Number: WPR19LA070
Date & Time: 01/19/2019, 1400 MST
Registration: N57FX
Aircraft: Hill Group LLC CCX-2000
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 19, 2019, about 1400 mountain standard time, an experimental amateur built Hill Group LLC, CCX-2000 airplane, N57FX, was substantially damaged during an off-airport landing following a loss of engine power near Roll, Arizona. The airline transport pilot was not injured. The airplane was owned and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight. The cross-country flight originated from Yuma, Arizona, about 30 minutes prior, with an intended destination of Chandler, Arizona.

The pilot reported that during cruise flight at an altitude of about 1,000 ft above ground level, the engine began to run rough. He reduced engine power, increased the mixture, and engaged the emergency fuel pump and backup ignition, which yielded no change in the engine performance. Shortly after, the engine began to vibrate and subsequently lost all power. The pilot initiated an off-airport landing to a nearby clearing in the open desert. During the landing roll, the airplane struck a ditch and nosed over.

Examination of the airplane by the pilot revealed that the airplane sustained structural damage to the left wing. The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Hill Group LLC
Registration: N57FX
Model/Series: CCX-2000
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: KNYL, 213 ft msl
Observation Time: 2057 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 33 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / -1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 360°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.25 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Yuma, AZ
Destination: Chandler, AZ

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:  32.829167, -113.990556 (est)

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