Thursday, March 21, 2019

Apollo Monsoon, N156AP: Accident occurred March 20, 2019 in Sharpsburg, Coweta County, Georgia

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. 

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Location: Sharpsburg, GA
Accident Number: ERA19LA132
Date & Time: 03/20/2019, 1500 EDT
Registration: N156AP
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 20, 2019, about 1500 eastern daylight time, an Apollo Monsoon, N156AP, weight shift-control special light-sport aircraft was substantially damaged during landing at Rolling Meadows Airfield (29GA), Sharpsburg, Georgia. The private pilot was seriously injured. No flight plan was filed for the personal flight that was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight departed Atlanta Regional Airport (FFC), Atlanta, Georgia.

The pilot was transporting the aircraft back to the his home airfield after undergoing maintenance at FFC. Before landing, the pilot made several low passes over the runway. Shortly after touching down on runway 18, the aircraft veered to the right and impacted trees.

Following the accident, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector examined the aircraft where it came to rest. The aircraft was on its side, resting against trees to the right of the runway. The fuselage was heavily damaged and was still attached to the wing. The wing was intact with damage to the wingtips.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

The two-seat aircraft was equipped with a Rotax 912, two-stroke, 101-horsepower engine.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land . His most recent FAA third-class airman medical certificate was issued on August 31, 2017, at that time he reported 250 total flight hours.

At 1700, the weather conditions reported at FFC, about 4 miles southeast of 29GA included, wind from 140° at 5 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, clear skies, temperature 17°C, dew point -7°C, and an altimeter setting of 30.12 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: APOLLO
Registration: N156AP
Model/Series: MONSOON
Aircraft Category: Weight-Shift
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFFC, 798 ft msl
Observation Time: 1700 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / -7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 140°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Atlanta, GA (FFC)
Destination: Sharpsburg, GA (29GA)

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: 33.383333, -84.631667

SHARPSBURG, Georgia — One person is in the hospital after a weight-shift-control trike crashed in Coweta County.

According to the Coweta County Sheriff's Office, the crash happened near a private airstrip at the Rolling Meadows Airfield in Sharpsburg.

The victim's condition is unknown at this time.

The 11Alive Skytracker flew over the wreckage site where you can see the weight-shift-control trike near a line of trees. 

Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson Kathleen Bergen said the agency is investigating the crash and identified the weight-shift-control trike as an Apollo Aircraft Monsoon. Bergen described it as a "light sport aircraft."

Original article can be found here ➤

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