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Velocity SUV, registered to a private company and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight, N753GK: Accident occurred September 01, 2017 near Albert Whitted Airport (KSPG), St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida



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


Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N753GK



Location: St. Petersburg, FL
Accident Number: ERA17LA306
Date & Time: 09/01/2017, 1036 EDT
Registration: N753GK
Aircraft: KERR GERALD VELOCITY SUV
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing area overshoot
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 1, 2017, about 1036 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Velocity SUV, N753GK, was substantially damaged while attempting to land at Albert Whitted Airport (SPG), St. Petersburg, Florida. The private pilot and the passenger were not injured. The airplane was registered to a private company and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. No flight plan was filed for the flight that departed the Sebastian Municipal Airport (X26), Sebastian, Florida, about 0930.

The pilot stated that he was aware of cranes near the approach end of the runway 18 and made sure he was high enough to clear them. The approach to land was steeper and faster than normal. He landed the airplane long and in instead of going around, he continued with the landing. The airplane went off the runway and into Tampa Bay, which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage. The pilot said there were no mechanical problems with the airplane and that accident was caused by his "bad choices" and a "mistake in judgment" to continue with the landing.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. His last Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) third-class medical was issued on December 5, 2011. The pilot said that he lost his logbook in the accident and reported a total of 525 to 600 flight hours. He built the airplane in 2002 and started flying it in 2003. He estimated he has flown the airplane about 40 hours per year since 2003.

The pilot also said all the maintenance logbooks and paperwork for the airplane were lost in the accident. He did not know the exact date of the last inspection but recalled completing an "annual" in early 2017.

Weather reported at the airport at 0953, was wind from 170° at 6 knots, visibility 10 miles, clear skies, temperature 31°C, dew point 24°C, and an altimeter setting of 30.03 inches of mercury. 



Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 78, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/05/2011
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 600 hours (Total, all aircraft), 520 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: KERR GERALD
Registration: N753GK
Model/Series: VELOCITY SUV NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2005
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: SUV119
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT:  
Engine Model/Series: IO360 SER A&C
Registered Owner: GULF KILO INC
Rated Power: hp
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: SPG, 6 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0953 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition:  / 3200 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 170°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 24°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: SEBASTIAN, FL (X26)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: St. Petersburg, FL (SPG)
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time: 0930 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class D 

Airport Information

Airport: ALBERT WHITTED (SPG)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 6 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 18
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2864 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

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:  27.000000, -82.000000 (est)




NTSB Identification: ERA17LA306
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 01, 2017 in Tampa, FL
Aircraft: KERR GERALD VELOCITY SUV, registration: N753GK
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On September 1, 2017, about 1236 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Velocity SUV, N753GK, was substantially damaged while attempting to land at Albert Whitted Airport (SPG), St. Petersburg, Florida. The private pilot and the passenger were not injured. The airplane was registered to a private company and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. No flight plan was filed for the flight that departed the Sebastian Municipal Airport (X26), Sebastian, Florida.

The pilot stated that he was aware of cranes near the approach end of the runway 18 and made sure he was high enough to clear them. He said the approach to land was steeper and faster than normal. The airplane landed long and in instead of going around, the pilot continued with the landing. The airplane went off the runway and into the Atlantic Ocean, which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. His last Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) third-class medical was issued on December 5, 2011. At that time, he reported a total of 500 flight hours.

Weather reported at the airport at 1253, was wind from 170° at 8 knots, visibility 10 miles, few clouds at 3,200 ft, temperature 32°C, dew point 25°C, and an altimeter setting of 30.02 inches of mercury.

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