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Aero Commander 112, solo instructional flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, N690RU: Accident occurred November 29, 2017 at Clearview Airpark (2W2), Westminster, Carroll County, Maryland

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Location: Westminister, MD
Accident Number: ERA18LA034
Date & Time: 11/29/2017, 0930 EST 
Registration: N690RU
Aircraft: AERO COMMANDER 112
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing area undershoot
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On November 29, 2017, about 0930 eastern standard time, an Aero Commander 112, N690RU, owned and operated by the student pilot, was substantially damaged during a precautionary landing at Clearview Airpark (2W2), Westminster, Maryland. The student pilot was not injured. The solo instructional flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from Martin State Airport (MTN), Baltimore, Maryland, about 0900. The flight was destined to Eastern WV Regional Airport (MRB), Martinsburg, West Virginia.

The student pilot reported that 2W2 was his second checkpoint along the cross-country flight. Upon reaching 2W2, the airplane experienced an electrical failure that affected the communication radios and GPS. The student pilot then elected to divert to 2W2 and entered the airport traffic pattern for runway 32, an 1,840-foot long, 30-foot wide asphalt runway. While completing landing procedures, the student pilot extended the landing gear, but did not observe the corresponding green indicator lights in the cockpit. He could not be certain if he did not see the lights due to the electrical failure or because of sun glare. While on the left base leg of the traffic pattern, the student pilot lowered the nose of the airplane to cease the stall warning horn and the airplane flew beyond the extended runway centerline; however, the student pilot corrected and aligned the airplane on final approach. While on short final approach, the airplane descended suddenly and the student pilot immediately compensated by increasing engine power, but the landing gear contacted a grass area before runway and all three landing gear separated. The airplane came to rest upright just prior to the runway.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed substantial damage to the fuselage. When the inspector tested the airplane's electrical system, it functioned, but the avionics panel extinguished after approximately 10 seconds of operation.

The recorded wind at an airport located about 10 miles north of the accident site, at 0925, was from 230° at 6 knots. The student pilot reported that the wind at 2W2 was from 140° at 8 knots, gusting to 12 knots, at the time of the accident.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 62, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  179 hours (Total, all aircraft), 39 hours (Total, this make and model), 16 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 16 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N690RU
Model/Series: 112 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1973
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 33
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/12/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2650 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 19 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3692 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-360
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 200 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: DMW, 789 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0925 EST
Direction from Accident Site: 190°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 230°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.17 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / 0°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Baltimore, MD (MTN)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Martinsburg, WV (MRB)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0900 EST
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: Clearview Airpark (2W2)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 799 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 32
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 1840 ft / 30 ft
VFR Approach/Landing:  Full Stop; Precautionary Landing; Traffic Pattern

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: 39.466944, -77.017500 (est)

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