Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Flight Design CTLS, N423EB: Accident occurred May 07, 2019 near Boulder City Municipal Airport (KBVU), Clark County, Nevada

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas, Nevada
Austrian Safety Investigation Authority; FN
Rotech Flight Safety; Vernon, FN

Location: Boulder City, NV
Accident Number: WPR19LA141
Date & Time: 05/07/2019, 1600 PDT
Registration: N423EB
Aircraft: Flight Design CTLS
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 7, 2019, about 1600 Pacific daylight time, a Flight Design CTLS, N423EB, was substantially damaged during a go-around attempt at Boulder City Municipal Airport (BVU), Boulder City, Nevada. The private pilot was seriously injured and the passenger received minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a personal flight, conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed for the local flight.

The pilot was hospitalized after the accident and unavailable for an interview. According to a witness who observed the accident from about halfway down the runway, the winds were gusty at the time of the accident, but favored runway 15. The airplane caught his attention during its approach to the runway as it appeared to be excessively fast and high for its position on the final approach leg of the airport traffic pattern. As the airplane descended to the runway surface, it initially floated over the runway at the 1,000 ft for about 1,700 feet near the runway 09/27 intersection. At this point, the airplane appeared to initiate a go-around maneuver as the engine power increased and the airplane began a climb. After it reached about 200 ft above ground level near the end of runway 15, the airplane entered a nose high attitude, which was immediately followed by a nose down dive in a slight left turn. The airplane impacted terrain beyond airport property.

A review of photographs furnished by the operator revealed substantial damage to the wings and fuselage.

The wreckage was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Flight Design
Registration: N423EB
Model/Series: CTLS Undesignated
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: KBVU, 2202 ft msl
Observation Time: 1555 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 230°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 10000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 35.936389, -114.854444

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — A plane has crashed near Boulder City Municipal Airport.

According to Boulder City Public Information Officer Lisa LaPlante, the plane went down near the airport Tuesday afternoon.

The Flight Design CTLS is registered to Henderson resident Miguel S. Giacaman. The flight took off from Boulder City Municipal Airport 15 minutes before the crash.

Footage of the crash site shows the tail of the airplane broke off.

One person was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. It's not clear if anybody else was on the plane.

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