Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Velocity RG, operated by Mission Hardware Ltd as an instructional flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, N101WV: Accident occurred March 05, 2019 at Statesboro-Bulloch County Airport (KTBR), Georgia

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Stateboro, GA
Accident Number: ERA19LA119
Date & Time: 03/05/2019, 1500 EST
Registration: N101WV
Aircraft: OSTERTAG WALTER G Velocity RG
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On March 5, 2019, about 1500 eastern standard time, an experimental amateur-built Velocity RG, N101WV, was destroyed by a postcrash fire after it impacted an approach lighting system and terrain while landing at the Statesboro-Bulloch County Airport (TBR), Statesboro, Georgia. The commercial pilot was not injured, and the flight instructor sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated by Mission Hardware Ltd as an instructional flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed, no flight plan was filed for the flight, which originated from Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport (SAV), Savannah, Georgia, about 1400.

According to the pilot he was receiving instruction and transition training for the Velocity RG from a flight instructor. After performing a series of maneuvers while en route from CSG, they entered a left downwind for runway 32 at TBR. They intended to practice takeoff and landings before returning to CSG. The pilot stated they were on a stabilized approach into a headwind that was gusting to 18 knots. On short final approach the airplane sank abruptly and lost airspeed. The pilot initiated a go-around procedure, added additional power and full aft stick. The airplane appeared to climb when the right main landing gear struck something. The airplane then "pancaked" onto the runway and rotated clockwise before coming to a stop. The pilot and the flight instructor then exited the airplane before the postcrash fire ensued. Both pilots stated they believed they encountered wind shear on short final approach.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. The majority of the wreckage was consumed by fire. The winglets and propeller, at the rear of the airplane, were the only portions of the airplane that did not burn. The airplane came to rest to the right of the runway in the grass. There were multiple gouges in the ground from the landing lights leading towards the runway.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single- and multiengine land, instrument airplane, and rotorcraft-helicopter. He held a flight instructor certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine, and instrument airplane. He held a mechanic certificate with airframe and powerplant ratings. His most recent FAA second-class medical certificate was issued December 5, 2018. He reported 4,300 total hours of flight experience on that date.

The flight instructor held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single- and multiengine land, and airplane instrument. He held a flight instructor certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine and instrument airplane. He held a repairman experimental aircraft builder certificate for the accident airplane make and model. His most recent FAA first-class medical certificate was issued September 11, 2017. He reported 1,790 total hours of flight experience on that date.

The four-seat, single-engine, low-wing, canard-equipped airplane was built in 1995. It was powered by a Lycoming IO-360, 180-horsepower engine. A review of the airplane's maintenance records revealed that the most recent conditional inspection was completed on January 17, 2019.

At 1455, the weather conditions reported at TBR included, wind from 320° at 13 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, clear skies, temperature 13° C, dew point -1° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.05 inches of mercury. At 1435, about 25 minutes before the accident, the winds were 320° at 13 knots, gusting to 16 knots. At 1515, about 15 minutes after the accident, the winds were 320° at 9 knots, gusting to 20 knots.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N101WV
Model/Series: Velocity RG
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Mission Hardware Ltd Co
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KTBR, 187 ft msl
Observation Time: 1455 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / -1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / , 320°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Savannah, GA (SAV)
Destination: Stateboro, GA (TBR)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 32.474167, -81.729444 (est)

STATESBORO, Georgia (WSAV) - Two people were on board when a plane crashed at the Statesboro Bulloch County Airport Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office, the plane took off from Savannah and had to make an emergency landing.

Photos from a witness show the plane engulfed in flames.

Statesboro Deputy Fire Chief Bobby Duggar says at least a dozen firefighters responded to the airport around 3:05 p.m.

The pilot and passenger were checked out by Bulloch County EMS on the scene and were transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.

The National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating. They are expected in Statesboro on Wednesday.

The airport is located on Newton Road, about three miles from downtown.

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Authorities say two people avoided serious injuries in a plane crash Tuesday afternoon in Statesboro.

A plane crash was reported around 3 p.m. on the runway at Statesboro-Bulloch County Airport.

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A single-engine airplane crashed Tuesday at the Statesboro-Bulloch County Airport. Two occupants got out of the plane before it was consumed by fire, but they escaped serious injury.

Bulloch County sheriff’s Capt. Todd Hutchens said the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration will be on site today to investigate. As of Tuesday evening, neither the cause of the crash nor the victims’ identities were available.

Around 3 p.m. Tuesday, Statesboro firefighters, Georgia State Patrol troopers, Bulloch County sheriff’s deputies and Bulloch County EMS responded to the scene. Statesboro fire Deputy Chief Bobby Duggar said the plane was engulfed in flames upon firefighters’ arrival and was on a grassy area next to the runway.

Airport lineman Mitchell Melton said that as of Tuesday evening, airport authorities did not have further information about the crash.

The Statesboro Herald will follow up on the plane crash when NTSB and FAA reports are made available.

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