Friday, May 3, 2019

Arion Lightning, registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight, N106AL: Accident occurred May 01, 2019 at Woodland State Airport (W27), Washington

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Hillsboro, Oregon

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N106AL


Location: Woodland, WA
Accident Number: WPR19LA132
Date & Time: 05/01/2019, 1030 PDT
Registration: N106AL
Aircraft: OTTERBACK Lightning
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 1, 2019, about 1030 Pacific daylight time, an Otterback lightning airplane, N106AL, was substantially damaged during landing at the Woodland State Airport (W27), Woodland, Washington. The private pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot 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. The flight originated from the Auburn Municipal Airport (S50), Auburn, Washington at 0945 and was destined for W27.

The pilot reported that after an uneventful flight he set up for the downwind at W27. About 1,200 ft he reduced the throttle to idle power, turned on the carburetor heat, and entered the traffic pattern. During the turn from base to final, the pilot felt as if the airplane was experiencing a tailwind, despite what the windsock was showing. The pilot was about to initiate a go around, when the engine experienced a complete loss of power, with no engine roughness or abnormal noises. Since the airplane was about 50 ft above the ground, the pilot continued the landing to the runway. The airplane bounced and when it touched back down, the left main landing gear was off the runway surface and into the grass. The airplane immediately veered left and traversed along the bumpy grass before the pilot redirected it back onto the runway. Post accident examination of the airplane revealed that the engine mounts were substantially damaged.

The 0953 automated weather observation at the Scappoose Industrial Airpark (SBP), Scappoose, Oregon, located about 9 miles southwest of the accident site, included calm wind, visibility 10 statute miles, clear skies, temperature 13°C, dewpoint 4°C, and an altimeter setting of 30.11 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: OTTERBACK
Registration: N106AL
Model/Series: Lightning
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: SPB, 58 ft msl
Observation Time: 0953 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / 4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.11 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Auburn, WA (S50)
Destination: Woodland, WA (W27)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 45.892500, -122.735556 (est)

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