Saturday, March 23, 2019

Glasair II-S FT, N505YR: Accident occurred October 26, 2018 at Laramie Regional Airport (KLAR), Albany County, Wyoming

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aviation Accident Factual 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/N505YR

Location: Laramie, WY
Accident Number: GAA19CA044
Date & Time: 10/26/2018, 1840 MDT
Registration: N505YR
Aircraft: Stoddard Hamilton GLASAIR II
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot-rated owner reported that, after purchasing the airplane and receiving initial training the day before and the morning of the accident, he and a pilot rated friend departed for a cross-country flight to their home airport. He added that after nearly 9 hours of being in the airplane for the day, the pilot rated friend, who was manipulating the flight controls offered to land at the destination airport because he had landed there before. The horizon was becoming dark and they attempted to adjust the panel lights for the instruments, but discovered that the lights did not function, so the owner used a flashlight to illuminate the instruments for the landing.

During the landing, the nose landing gear contacted the ground first and the airplane porpoised. With each bounce becoming more severe, the pilot initiated a go around, but to no avail. The owner added that, on about the third bounce, the airplane exited the runway to the left and came to rest nosed down.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine mount and fuselage.

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

The automated weather observation system at the accident airport reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 270° at 11 knots. The pilot landed on runway 30.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 62, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/09/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/19/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 128.3 hours (Total, all aircraft), 9.9 hours (Total, this make and model), 74 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 14.2 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 10.8 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 8.8 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Pilot-Rated Passenger Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 71, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/25/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/29/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1604 hours (Total, all aircraft), 7.9 hours (Total, this make and model), 1530 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 24 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 17.5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 7.9 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Stoddard Hamilton
Registration: N505YR
Model/Series: GLASAIR II FT
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1995
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 2040
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/02/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 794.3 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-D1A
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 160 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: KLAR, 7272 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0053 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 251°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 11 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 270°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.15 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 6°C / -2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:  No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Hereford, TX (HRX)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Laramie, WY (LAR)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1610 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: LARAMIE RGNL (LAR)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 7283 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 30
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6300 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None  
Latitude, Longitude:  41.320278, -105.670278 (est)

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