Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Van's Aircraft RV-12, N277E; accident occurred April 14, 2019 in Wall, Pennington County, South Dakota

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rapid City, South Dakota

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Wall, SD
Accident Number: GAA19CA217
Date & Time: 04/14/2019, 0930 MDT
Registration: N277E
Aircraft: Vans VANS RV-12
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, during takeoff on a snow and slush covered runway, he decided to stay on the right half of the runway. He added that, as the airplane began to rotate and the nose landing gear was off the runway, the left main landing gear encountered some slush. The airplane veered to the left about 15°, exited the runway to the left, and the nose landing gear collapsed.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Sport Pilot
Age: 57, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
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: Sport Pilot
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/09/2018
Flight Time: (Estimated) 195.4 hours (Total, all aircraft), 190.9 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Vans
Registration: N277E
Model/Series: VANS RV-12 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2014
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 120206
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/12/2018, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1062 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 912ULS
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 100 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: KPHP, 2212 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 28 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1455 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 84°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 130°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.72 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 0°C / -3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Rapid City, SD (RAP)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Wall, SD (6V4)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time:  MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: WALL MUNI (6V4)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation:2812 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Slush covered; Snow
Runway Used: 30
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3499 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 43.999444, -102.254722 (est)

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