Saturday, June 15, 2019

Landing Area Undershoot: Just JA30 SuperSTOL, N825PW, accident occurred July 22, 2018 in Chelan Falls, Washington

Kenneth William VanAssche
April 9th, 1950 – May 6th, 2019

Family, friends, planes, motorcycles, snowmobiles, heavy equipment and epic parties at the river ... these were a few of Ken's great loves in life. It is with heavy hearts and sadness that we say goodbye. On May 6th, 2019, Kenneth W. VanAssche, 69, of Chelan, Washington, died shortly after take-off at the Chelan Airport in his Just JA30 SuperSTOL experimental aircraft. It was a beautiful day and he was ready to soar. After learning to fly recently, he wanted to check flying off his "bucket list of life". His list was long, exciting and filled with adventures. The stories of his life were great and we have lost a true legend among us.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane, Washington

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N825PW

Location: Chelan Falls, WA
Accident Number: GAA18CA443
Date & Time: 07/22/2018, 0730 PDT
Registration: N825PW
Aircraft: Just JA30 SUPERSTOL
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing area undershoot
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that as he made the approach over a river to land at his private airstrip, he "came in too low and hit a dock," that was moored to the side of the river. The airplane's propeller struck the dock and the landing gear separated from the airplane which slid about 25ft on the airstrip and came to a stop.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine mounts.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Sport Pilot
Age: 68, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s):None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 119.5 hours (Total, all aircraft), 44.6 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Just
Registration: N825PW 
Model/Series: JA30 SUPERSTOL Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2014
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: JA 308-07-13
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/06/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 156.5 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 914UL
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 115 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: KEAT, 1229 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 25 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1455 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 200°
Lowest Cloud Condition:Clear 
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:/ 
Wind Direction:290° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.23 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 8°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Chelan, WA (S10)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Chelan, WA (S10)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0730 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: PVT AIRSTRIP (PVT)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 732 ft
Runway Surface Condition:Dry 
Runway Used: NW
IFR Approach:None 
Runway Length/Width:490 ft / 150 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing:Full Stop 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:1 None 
Aircraft Damage:Substantial 
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 47.786944, -119.993056 (est)

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