Sunday, April 14, 2019

Aerodynamic Stall / Spin: Evektor Sportstar, N902HB, accident occurred July 05, 2018 near Triangle North Executive Airport (KLHZ), Louisburg, Franklin County, North Carolina

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

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Louisburg, NC
Accident Number: GAA18CA394
Date & Time: 07/05/2018, 1530 EDT
Registration: N902HB
Aircraft: Evektor Aerotechnik SPORTSTAR
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Aerodynamic stall/spin
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 


The solo student pilot reported that, after completing a touch-and-go landing without incident, during the takeoff, the airplane drifted left off the runway toward a wooded area. He attempted to slow and stop the airplane, but it struck a culvert, which "launched" the airplane back into the air. He then increased the engine power to full, pitched the nose up, flew the airplane back into the traffic pattern, and landed without further incident. 

After taking time to gather himself, the student took off again, this time to conduct a basic navigation exercise in the local area, but he became disoriented and used the airplane's GPS to return to the departure airport. The student stated that he was distracted during the downwind leg due to the previous runway excursion and the navigation issues he experienced during the accident flight and allowed the airspeed to decrease, which resulted in the airplane stalling. While making the turn to base, the student overcorrected with left rudder, which resulted in the airplane entering a spin and subsequently colliding with trees.   

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings.

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

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The student pilot's distraction due to a previous runway excursion and navigational issues during the accident flight and his failure to maintain adequate airspeed and his exceedance of the airplane’s critical angle of attack during the downwind leg, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall/spin. 


Airspeed - Not attained/maintained (Cause)
Angle of attack - Capability exceeded (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Student pilot (Cause)
Attention - Student pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Tree(s) - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

History of Flight

Prior to flight

Approach-VFR pattern final
Aerodynamic stall/spin (Defining event)
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT) 

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 45, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: None Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 14 hours (Total, all aircraft), 14 hours (Total, this make and model), 7 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Evektor Aerotechnik
Registration: N902HB
Model/Series: SPORTSTAR No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2006
Amateur Built: No 
Airworthiness Certificate: Special Light-Sport
Serial Number: 2006 0604
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Bombardier
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: Rotax
Registered Owner: Total Flight Aircraft Leasing LLC
Rated Power:
Operator: Total Flight Aircraft Leasing LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLHZ, 369 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1935 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 227°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 5000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.25 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 20°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Louisburg, NC (LHZ)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Louisburg, NC (LHZ)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time:  EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 367 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 23
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5498 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 36.032500, -78.317500 (est)

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