Monday, March 18, 2019

Fuel Exhaustion: Osprey II, N822GC; accident occurred March 15, 2019 in Independence, Buchanan County, Iowa

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Iowa

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Independence, IA
Accident Number: GAA19CA173
Date & Time: 03/15/2019, 1730 CDT
Registration: N822GC
Aircraft: Pereira OSPREY
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that the airplane encountered a significant headwind during the flight, and that the engine burned more fuel than he had planned. The airplane exhausted its fuel and the pilot established a forced landing. During the forced landing the airplane's right wing struck the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 66, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/11/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/04/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1470 hours (Total, all aircraft), 4 hours (Total, this make and model), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Pereira
Registration: N822GC
Model/Series: OSPREY II
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2006
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 101
Landing Gear Type: Amphibian; Hull; Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/01/2019, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1585 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 60 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 150 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: KIIB, 978 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1735 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 182°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 25 knots / 32 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 315°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 28.8 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 1°C / -2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Milwaukee, WI (MWC)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Milwaukee, WI (MWC)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1345 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Independence Muni (IIB)
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 979 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 18
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5500 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing

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: 42.456944, -91.947778 (est)

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