Friday, March 08, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Just Aircraft Highlander, N102XP; accident occurred March 07, 2019 at Union County Airport (KMRT), Marysville, Ohio

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbus, Ohio

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Marysville, OH
Accident Number: GAA19CA156
Date & Time: 03/07/2019, 1000 EST
Registration: N102XP
Aircraft: James A Gray Just Aircraft
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The student pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, while practicing takeoff and landings, landed hard with "a big bounce" and the right wing came up. He attempted to correct by adding power and initiating a go-around. Subsequently the airplane then ground looped, exited the runway and came to rest inverted.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

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

The automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about 15 minutes after the accident, the wind was from 300° at 2 knots and visibility was 10 statute miles. The airplane was landing runway 26.

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 62, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: None
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 163 hours (Total, all aircraft), 101 hours (Total, this make and model), 36 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 23 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 15 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: James A Gray
Registration: N102XP
Model/Series: Just Aircraft Highlander
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2013
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Special Light-Sport
Serial Number: JA204-04-10
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/15/2018, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 90 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Jabiru
ELT: C126 installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 3300
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 120 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: KMRT, 1021 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1515 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 335°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2900 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 300°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.35 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: -3°C / -9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Marysville, OH (MRT)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Marysville, OH (MRT)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0800 EST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Union County (MRT)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 1020 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: 26
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2702 ft / 81 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; 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:  40.224444, -83.351667 (est)

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