Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Bearhawk LSA, N289EH: Accident occurred April 22, 2019 at Topsail Airpark (01NC), Holly Ridge, Onslow County, North Carolina

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: Holly Springs, NC
Accident Number: ERA19LA157
Date & Time: 04/22/2019, 1500 EDT
Registration: N289EH
Aircraft: BARROWS Bearhawk LSA
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On April 22, 2019, about 1500 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Bearhawk LSA, N289EH, sustained substantial damage after a collision with a powerline at the Holly Ridge Airport (N21), Holly Ridge, North Carolina. The private pilot received serious injuries. The airplane was privately owned and operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

According to the pilot, he was on a local flight and on final approach to his destination airport N21. As he approached the airport, he noticed a line of trees. After clearing the trees, he started his decent to runway 14. While on short final to land the airplane became entangled in the powerlines and collided with the ground. In a interview with the pilot, he stated that he knew of the powerlines but thought they may have been raised. He said that he had not checked the airport/facility directory (AFD), which noted the placement and height of the powerlines.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was intact and resting on its nose. The nose of the airplane was crushed aft and both wings displayed leading edge crush damage. He did not observe any anomalies with the flight controls.

Review of the airport's runways information revealed that the powerlines were located 50 ft from the runway 14 threshold, and were 60 ft-tall. Runway 14 had a displaced threshold with an approach slope ratio of 1:1 in order to clear the powerlines. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: BARROWS
Registration: N289EH
Model/Series: Bearhawk LSA
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: KNCA, 26 ft msl
Observation Time: 1500 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 6500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 320°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Fincastle, VA (VA04)
Destination: Holly Ridge, NC (N21)

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: 34.491111, -77.531111 (est)

ONSLOW COUNTY, North Carolina (WITN) - The pilot who crashed his experimental plane nose down into the ground is in fair condition this morning.

New Hanover Regional Medical Center confirmed that Robert Barrows is a patient.

Barrows owns the Bearhawk LSA that crashed Monday afternoon at the Holly Ridge/Topsail Island Airport around 3:00 p.m.

After the crash, the plane remained verticle with its nose in the ground.

The Highway Patrol says the pilot was the only person on board and that the aircraft clipped some power lines and crashed.

Barrows, who is from Fincastle, Virginia, was airlifted to the Wilmington hospital after the crash. Col. Chris Thomas with the Onslow County Sheriff's Office said the pilot had an apparent injury to his leg or foot.

The FAA is the lead agency investigating the mishap.

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Authorities responded to a plane crash in one Eastern Carolina county where one person was injured.

The Onslow County Sheriff's Office says it happened at the Holly Ridge/Topsail Island Airport around 3:00 p.m.

The nose of the single-engine plane struck the ground and the aircraft is still standing straight up.

Col. Chris Thomas says one person was injured.

The FAA says the pilot was the only person on board.

The Highway Patrol and the FAA are investigating the crash.

The plane is a self-built Bearhawk LSA built in 2012, according to FAA records. It is owned by a man from Fincastle, Virginia.

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