Friday, June 07, 2019

Avid Magnum, N3062B: Accident occurred June 06, 2019 at Frederick Municipal Airport (KFDK), Maryland

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Frederick, MD
Accident Number: ERA19LA187
Date & Time: 06/06/2019, 1602 EDT
Registration: N3062B
Aircraft: Avid AVID MAGNUM
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On June 06, 2019, about 1602 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Avid Magnum, N3062B, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain and construction equipment shortly after takeoff at Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK), Frederick, Maryland. The flight instructor and private pilot both sustained minor injuries. The flight was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time, and no flight plan was filed for the local instructional flight.

A review of records from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed that the pilot purchased the airplane on March 2, 2019.

According to the pilot, on the day of the accident he and the instructor completed two flights earlier in the day, during which he accumulated 3 of the 5 hours of dual instruction that was required by his insurance company.

During the engine run-up prior to the accident flight, he noticed that the control stick would not move to the left. He shut down the airplane and discovered that one of the wheel chocks stowed behind the seats was blocking the control movement. He secured the chocks, and the flight controls then moved freely.

The pilot began the takeoff roll on runway 30 (3,600 x 75 ft, asphalt) using full power. During the takeoff roll, the airplane made a "small swerve to the left" which he initially corrected to the right; however, the airplane continued to turn right uncontrollably. He said that he could move the rudder pedal, but it had no apparent effect. He advised that his training had emphasized that he should respond to directional control problems on takeoff roll (in tailwheel airplanes) by "getting the airplane into the air, if possible." As the airplane veered right, he pulled back to lift off, however the airplane would not climb and continued to veer to the right, then struck the construction equipment and a small hill. He said he did not shut down the engine.

According to the flight instructor, the takeoff roll was normal until just after the tailwheel lifted off, when the airplane "swerved left and then hard back to the right." He then "grabbed the stick" and yelled "power power power" because it seemed to him that the engine was not developing full power based on its sound, and the airplane's performance. As the airplane crossed over the right edge of the runway, he struggled to keep the wings level and believed the airplane was at or near its stall speed. He attempted to avoid the construction equipment; however, the controls were "mushy" and the airplane "would not respond properly to control inputs." After the airplane came to rest, he recalled turning off the engine magneto switches.

According to a witness located at the nearby construction project, the airplane "took off in a steep climb, making small corrections in bank, getting bigger as they went."

An examination of the wreckage by a FAA inspector revealed that all major components of the airplane were present at the accident site. The airplane came to rest inverted against a hill of construction dirt located about 1,400 feet down runway 30, and about 400 feet right of the runway centerline. The right wing was impact-damaged and bent downward outboard of the lift struts. The right lift struts were buckled upward against the bottom side of the wing. The rudder and vertical stabilizer were bent toward the left. Flight control continuity was confirmed from the cockpit controls to the flight surfaces for the rudder and elevator. The aileron controls could not be examined due to the position of the airplane. One of the propeller blades was bent aft about midspan.

According to FAA airman records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land and instrument airplane. He was issued a third-class medical certificate on June 28, 2018, at which time he reported 750 hours of total flight experience. The flight instructor held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land and instrument airplane, and a flight instructor certificate with ratings for airplane single engine and instrument airplane. At the time of the accident, he had accrued 6,030 hours of total flight experience, of which 3 hours were in the same make and model as the accident airplane (flown earlier on the day of the accident).

At 1547, the weather conditions at FDK included, temperature 31° C, dewpoint 18° C, wind from 330° at 4 knots, altimeter setting 29.82 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Avid
Registration: N3062B
Model/Series: AVID MAGNUM No Series
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: KFDK, 303 ft msl
Observation Time: 1547 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4900 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 330°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.82 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Frederick, MD (FDK)
Destination: Frederick, MD (FDK)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  39.421667, -77.372222 (est)

FREDERICK, Maryland (WJZ) — Police are on the scene of a plane crash at the Frederick Municipal Airport.

The crash happened sometime Thursday afternoon, Maryland State Police said.

Police said the Avid Magnum flipped over during takeoff to the airport.

A student pilot and flight instructor were aboard the plane when it crashed. The flight instructor was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. The student refused medical treatment.

The Federal Aviation Administration is on its way to the airport to conduct an investigation.

The cause is unknown; police are investigating.

Story and video ➤

Two people were injured Thursday after a small passenger plane crashed near a construction site as it approached Frederick Municipal Airport.

The crash occurred around 4 p.m., and the plane ended up overturned near a dirt mound east of Monocacy Boulevard, less than a mile from the western end of the airport’s runway.

Frederick Police Capt. Patrick Grossman said that two people were taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital with “very minor injuries.” Maryland State Police is investigating the crash, he said.

A group of Frederick police officers, Maryland state troopers and Airport Manager Rick Johnson were surveying the scene Thursday afternoon. The plane’s right wing was damaged.

Grossman said Frederick police went to the scene to assist with the investigation, including taking photographs.

Original article ➤

FREDERICK, Maryland - Maryland State Police determined a small plane flipped over during takeoff onto construction at the Frederick Municipal Airport shortly after 4 p.m. There were two minor injuries, according to the Frederick Police Department. The incident is still under investigation by state police as well as the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Avid Magnum was operated by a student pilot and a flight instructor who are both unidentified at this time. The flight instructor was taken to Frederick Memorial Hospital with minor injuries, state police tweeted.

Maryland State Police tweeted both occupants on the plane refused medical treatment, and the cause is under investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤

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