Saturday, March 2, 2019

SkyStar Kitfox XL4, registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, N93XL: Accident occurred March 02, 2019 near Merritt Island Airport (KCOI), Brevard 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; Mirimar, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Merritt Island, FL
Accident Number: ERA19LA114
Date & Time: 03/02/2019, 0918 EST
Registration: N93XL
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 2, 2019, at 0918 eastern standard time, an experimental, amateur-built Kitfox XL4, N93XL, was substantially damaged when it impacted Sykes Creek during an aborted landing at the Merritt Island Airport (COI), Merritt Island, Florida. The commercial pilot was seriously injured. 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 was filed for the local personal flight that originated at COI.

A witness was fishing on his boat when he first observed the airplane. He said the airplane bounced while landing and then climbed about 15 to 25 ft before making a sharp right bank. The airplane then crashed nose first into the creek.

Another witness, who was a flight instructor, observed the accident from an airplane on the hold short line for runway 29. He saw the accident airplane turn onto the final approach leg of the traffic pattern and make a stable approach to the runway. The flight instructor turned away for a moment, but when he looked back up, the airplane was in a 90° right bank flying perpendicular to the runway. The right wingtip was about 10 ft from the ground as the airplane veered toward the water. The right-wing tip struck the water first, which resulted in the nose of the airplane pitching down under the water and submerging the cabin.

The airplane sustained damage to both wing tips, the fuselage and the propeller.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. His last Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) third-class medical certificate was issued on March 22, 2010.

Weather reported at Patrick Air Force Base, Cocoa Beach, Florida, about 9 miles southeast of the accident site, at 0856, was wind 250° at 4 knots, visibility 10 miles, clear skies, temperature 23°, dew point 21°, and an altimeter setting of 30.14 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: REMPE
Registration: N93XL
Model/Series: KITFOX XL4
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: COF, 8 ft msl
Observation Time: 1356 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 250°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Merritt Island, FL (COI)
Destination: Merritt Island, FL (COI)

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: 28.341389, -80.685278 (est)

BREVARD COUNTY, Florida — Brevard County Fire Rescue is investigating a small plane crash at Merritt Island Airport. 

According to an airport spokesperson, the plane took off from the airport and went down into Sykes Creek about 50 yards off the runway around 9:08 a.m. 

According to Brevard Fire Rescue, at least one person was brought to shore by boat.  That person was flown as a trauma alert to Holmes Regional Medical Center. 

No word yet on how many people were on board the plane when it went down, or what led to the crash. 

Original article can be found here ➤

MERRITT ISLAND, Florida —  A small plane crashed into the water Saturday morning near the Merritt Island Airport, fire officials said.

Brevard County Fire Rescue officials said the plane crashed a little before 9:15 a.m.

Officials said the pilot of the plane was brought to land by boat and then taken to a hospital by helicopter. The pilot is expected to survive.

Nobody else was on the plane when it crashed.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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