Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Lancair IV-P, N549CJ: Accident occurred February 10, 2019 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; Laramie, Wyoming

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Laramie, WY

Accident Number: WPR19LA088
Date & Time: 02/10/2019, 1600 MST
Registration: N549CJ
Aircraft: Lancair IV
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On February 10, 2019, about 1600 mountain standard time, a Lancair IV-P airplane, N549CJ, experienced a windscreen failure while en route and diverted to Laramie Regional Airport, Laramie, Wyoming, where the pilot made an uneventful landing. The commercial pilot and passenger were not injured; the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to 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 had not been filed. The personal flight departed from Casper County International Airport Casper, Wyoming about 1530 with a planned destination of Front Range Airport Denver, Colorado.

The pilot reported following departure he configured the airplane to climb to 15,500 ft mean sea level (msl). The airplane reached that altitude and was cruising about 235 kts when he heard a load "bang" as the windscreen suddenly blew out of the airframe. The pilot slowed the airspeed and lowered the landing gear in an effort to stabilize the airplane. He diverted to Laramie and made an uneventful landing.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Lancair
Registration: N549CJ
Model/Series: IV P
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: KLAR, 7272 ft msl
Observation Time: 2253 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -2°C / -11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 24 knots / 34 knots, 150°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.64 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Casper, WY (CPR)
Destination: Denver, CO (FTG)

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: 41.287500, -105.607500 (est)

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