Monday, March 25, 2019

Steen Skybolt, registered to and operated by a commercial pilot, N254PM: Accident occurred March 23, 2019 in Deming, Luna County, New Mexico

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Deming, NM
Accident Number: WPR19LA101
Date & Time: 03/23/2019, 1130 MDT
Registration: N254PM
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 23, 2019, about 1130 mountain daylight time, N254PM, a Sky Bolt experimental amateur-built airplane, was substantially damaged during a forced landing after experiencing a loss of engine power about 5 nautical miles west of Deming, New Mexico. The airplane was registered to and operated by a commercial pilot, who was seriously injured during the accident. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the proposed local flight, which was being operated in accordance with Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, and no flight plan was filed. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.

In a telephone interview with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the pilot reported that during takeoff/initial climb, the engine completely quit without warning. He then began a turn to the left to return to the airport, however, with insufficient altitude to make it back to the airstrip, he turned back to the right and made a forced landing to an open area. The airplane, which was substantially damaged during the landing sequence, will be recovered to a secured location for future examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: DENNIS l ZUMBALT
Registration: N254PM
Model/Series: SKY BOLT
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: Anthony M Moretti
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDMN, 4314 ft msl
Observation Time: 1153 MDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / -5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 230°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Deming, NM (na)
Destination: Deming, NM (na) 

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:

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