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Loss of Engine Power (Partial): Flightstar SC II, N953RJ, accident occurred July 27, 2018 near Concord Airpark (2G1), Lake County, Ohio

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cleveland, Ohio

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:    

Location: Painesville, OH
Accident Number: CEN18LA301
Date & Time: 07/27/2018, 1645 EDT
Registration: N953RJ
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (partial)
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 27, 2018, about 1645 eastern daylight time, a Flightstar SC II, N953RJ, sustained substantial damage when it impacted terrain during approach to land on runway 2 at the Concord Airpark (2G1), near Painesville, OH. The student pilot received serious injuries and his passenger received minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident.

The pilot reported that he had purchased the airplane a few months prior to the accident and had performed some repairs in the interim, including replacing a broken propeller. He said that he planned to have the repairs inspected by a certificated mechanic and the airplane had not been flown since its purchase. On the day of the accident, the pilot and his spouse were performing taxi practice with no intention for flight. He said that they were taking turns with the controls. He said that on one of his turns he must have gone too fast and the airplane unexpectedly became airborne. When this happened, the airplane was already 3/4 of the way down the runway and he didn't think there was enough room to land on the remaining runway, so he elected to "go around". The pilot was unable to maintain altitude and maneuvered the airplane to land but struck trees during the attempted landing. In his report the pilot indicated that there were no mechanical failures or malfunctions of the airplane.

In a telephone conversation the pilot reported that he had set the propeller blade pitch angles based on information from the airplane maintenance records using a digital protractor. He acknowledged that his method of setting the propeller blade angles could have been slightly off. He had intended to have a certified mechanic check his work but that had not been done since he had not intended to fly the airplane when the accident occurred.

The weather conditions at the Willoughby Lost Nation Municipal Airport, Willoughby, Ohio, about the time of the accident included a temperature of 23° C, a dew point of 12° C, and an altimeter setting of 29.98 inches of mercury. The carburetor icing susceptibility at these readings is moderate icing at cruise power settings, and serious icing at descent power settings. The calculated density altitude was 2,273 ft. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 31, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s):None 
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s):None 
Toxicology Performed:No 
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/02/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:   21 hours (Total, all aircraft), 0 hours (Total, this make and model), 0 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 9 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 9 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1.5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: FLIGHTSTAR
Registration: N953RJ
Model/Series: SC II
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2001
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Special Light-Sport
Serial Number: 325
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.:  998 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: HKS
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 700E
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 60 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: LNN, 626 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1655 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 270°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 9000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 11000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 310°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 12°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Painesville, OH (2G1)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Painesville, OH (2G1)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1645 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Concord Airpark (2G1)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 998 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 2
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2181 ft / 38 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Traffic Pattern

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:  41.666944, -81.197222

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