Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Airborne Edge XT-912-B, N20179, accident occurred October 02, 2018 at Aero Estates Airport (T25), Frankston, Anderson County, Texas

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Dallas, Texas

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

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N20179

Location: Frankston, TX
Accident Number: GAA19CA002
Date & Time: 10/02/2018, 1015 CDT
Registration: N20179
Aircraft: Airborne Windsports PTY LTD Edge XT 912
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

Analysis 

The pilot reported that, during landing, the weight-shift-controlled aircraft landed slightly "crooked," the steering bar "jerked a bit side to side," and the front wheel dug into the turf runway. Subsequently, the aircraft rolled onto its right side. 

The aircraft sustained substantial damage to its wing.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the aircraft that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's improper landing flare, which resulted in the weight-shift-controlled aircraft landing crooked on a turf runway. 

Findings

Aircraft
Landing flare - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)
Decision making/judgment - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Soft surface - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-flare/touchdown
Abnormal runway contact
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)

Roll over

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private; Sport Pilot
Age: 81, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/01/2004
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/14/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1859 hours (Total, all aircraft), 142 hours (Total, this make and model), 1650 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Airborne Windsports PTY LTD
Registration: N20179
Model/Series: Edge XT 912 B
Aircraft Category: Weight-Shift
Year of Manufacture: 2005
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental Light Sport
Serial Number: XT912-113
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/02/2018, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 992 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 373 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 912UL
Registered Owner: Karl R. Evans
Rated Power: 80
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: KTYR, 551 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1553 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 9°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 1200 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 220°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.17 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 23°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Frankston, TX (T25)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Frankston, TX (T25)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0915 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Aero Estates (T25)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 445 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry; Vegetation
Runway Used: 27
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3100 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  32.081667, -95.452500 (est)

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