Thursday, June 13, 2019

Helio H-391B Courier, N10CJ: Accident occurred June 11, 2019 in Hope, Alaska

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Juneau, Alaska

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N10CJ

Location: Hope, AK
Accident Number: ANC19LA027
Date & Time: 06/11/2019, 2230 AKD
Registration: N10CJ
Aircraft: Helio H391
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 11, 2019, about 2230 Alaska daylight time, a Helio H-391B airplane, N10CJ, sustained substantial damage after a loss of control during a precautionary landing following a partial loss of engine power near Trapper Joe Lake about 15 miles southwest of Hope, Alaska. The private pilot and pilot rated passenger received no injuries. The airplane was registered to the pilot and operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a visual flight rules personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The local flight originated from McGahan Industrial Airpark (AK73), Nikishka, Alaska, about 2100.

During an interview with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the pilot reported that he was flying in the left seat and his pilot rated passenger was seated in the right seat. While flying over the abandoned Alaska natural gas pipeline between Sterling, Alaska and Hope, the engine started to surge and run rough, and the engine manifold pressure decreased. He cycled the throttle lever, increased the mixture lever to full rich, and turned on the electric fuel boost pump, but full power was not restored. The pilot rated passenger pulled the carburetor heat lever out (heat on) with no effect on engine performance. The pilot was able to maintain airplane altitude, but engine power was limited, so he searched for a landing location. He located an abandoned airstrip along the pipeline road and performed an approach to land to the north. The pilot stated that during the landing, the airplane drifted to the right, and touched down further than he intended. During the landing roll out, the right wing tip struck vegetation, the airplane veered rapidly to the right, and the empennage and left wing trailing edge impacted trees. Subsequently the airplane sustained substantial damage to the left aileron and left horizontal stabilizer.

The airplane was recovered, and a detailed examination is pending.

The airplane was equipped with a Lycoming GO-435 reciprocating engine. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Helio
Registration: N10CJ
Model/Series: H391 B
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: PANC, 132 ft msl
Observation Time: 0553 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 21 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 5500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 16 knots / 27 knots, 150°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 25000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.79 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Nikishka, AK (AK73)
Destination: Nikishka, AK (AK73)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion:None 
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 60.811944, -150.006667 (est)

Kenai Air Traffic Control contacted State and Wildlife Troopers at 9:18 pm on Tuesday night and informed them of an emergency landing by a private plane near Trapper Joe Lake.

At the time of the initial report, it was not known if anyone had sustained injuries in the incident. 

Wildlife Troopers along with Kenai National Wildlife Federal Law Enforcement Officers responded to the area and were able to make contact with those involved. They would find that neither the pilot, identified as 65-year-old Paul Dale, of Kenai, and the passenger aboard the craft suffered no injuries.

Dale reported that his plane suffered a mechanical issue that forced the landing 18 miles down Mystery Creek Road near the lake.

The two individuals were transported from the incident site to their vehicle in Soldotna.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://alaska-native-news.com

The Alaska State and Wildlife Troopers in Soldotna were advised by the Kenai Air Traffic Control tower of small plane making a reported emergency landing approximately 18 miles down Mystery Creek Road near Trapper Joe Lake, on Tuesday. 

Wildlife Troopers responded to the area along with Kenai National Wildlife Federal Law Enforcement Officers and were able to contact the plane occupants. 

The pilot, Paul Dale, 65, of Kenai, and his passenger reported sustaining no injuries after having to perform an emergency landing when their plane suffered mechanical issues.

Both the pilot and passenger were transported from the incident location back to their vehicle in Soldotna.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.radiokenai.net

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