Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Loss of Lift: Airframes Unlimited Outlaw, N5622D; accident occurred April 15, 2019 in Elizabeth, Elbert County, Colorado

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


Location: Elizabeth, CO
Accident Number: GAA19CA208
Date & Time: 04/15/2019, 1300 MDT
Registration: N5622D
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of lift
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The powered parachute pilot reported that, during takeoff from a hayfield, the wind was from the southwest at 6 mph and he departed to the southwest. He added that, once airborne, the climb rate was "slower than normal" and he began a 180° left turn. On the "downwind", the climb rate reduced to "zero" and the powered parachute started descending. He realized he did not have enough altitude to complete the 180° turn. The powered parachute impacted the top rail of a fence, he shut the magnetos off, and after impacting a second fence impacted the ground.

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

The automated weather observation station located about 16 miles northwest of the accident reported that, about 7 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 020° at 9 knots. The pilot reported that the wind was from 245° at 6 knots and the density altitude was "6,800+" ft.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial; Flight Engineer; Sport Pilot
Age: 67, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/01/2005
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/25/2015
Flight Time: (Estimated) 9947 hours (Total, all aircraft), 411 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N5622D
Model/Series: OUTLAW
Aircraft Category: Powered Parachute
Year of Manufacture: 2007
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental Light Sport
Serial Number: OL 00579
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/03/2019, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 500 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 331 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 582 Blue Head
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 65 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: KAPA, 5883 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1853 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 315°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 9000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 23000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 20°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / -3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Elizabeth, CO
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Elizabeth, CO
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1300 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

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:  39.385278, -104.605000 (est)

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