Saturday, March 2, 2019

CSA SportCruiser, N564SC: Fatal accident occurred December 22, 2018 in Naples, Collier 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; Miramar, Florida 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Naples, FL
Accident Number: ERA19LA091
Date & Time: 12/22/2018, 1330 EST
Registration: N564SC
Aircraft: Czech Sport SPORTCRUISER
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 22, 2018, around 1330 eastern standard time, a Czech Sport Sportcruiser, N564SC, was substantially damaged after it impacted trees following a bird strike near Naples, Florida. The private pilot sustained serious injuries and the pilot-rated-passenger sustained minor injuries. The private pilot succumbed to his injuries on January 23, 2019. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from Naples Municipal Airport (APF), Naples, Florida, around 1315. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the pilot-rated-passenger, after fueling the airplane to 20 gallons, he and the pilot departed the airport. They proceeded to climb to 2,500 ft above ground level, and about 25 miles east of APF, the airplane struck a large bird. The engine continued to operate for about 2 minutes, until the "low fuel" warning indicator illuminated, and then the engine stopped producing power. The pilot declared an emergency and elected to perform a forced landing to road. During the landing roll, the airplane struck a road sign and several large trees, which resulted in substantial damage to the airplane.

An examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the fuselage and wings were impact damaged during the accident sequence. Examination of the nose wheel faring on the underside of the engine cowling revealed evidence of a bird strike. The propeller separated from the engine, however, the blades were not damaged. Examination of the carburetor revealed that the butterfly valve operated without anomaly, however, fuel was leaking from the assembly.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Czech Sport
Registration: N564SC
Model/Series: SPORTCRUISER No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Jrs Flying Club LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: APF, 9 ft msl
Observation Time: 1353 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3800 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 30°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Naples, FL (APF)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  26.166944, -81.516111 (est)

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