Monday, June 17, 2019

Just Aircraft Highlander, N324SB: Accident occurred June 13, 2019 at Rockin M Airport (T14), Quinlan, Hunt County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Irving, Texas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Quinlan, TX
Accident Number: CEN19LA173
Date & Time: 06/13/2019, 1935 CDT
Registration: N324SB
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 13, 2019, about 1935 central daylight time, an amateur-built Just Aircraft Highlander airplane, N324SB, impacted terrain during initial climb from Rockin M Airport (T14), Quinlan, Texas. The pilot and passenger were not injured, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight.

According to the pilot, he performed several solo takeoffs from T14, with a ground roll about 200 ft. He returned to pick up the passenger and they lifted off after a ground roll of 400 ft, which was about 400 ft from the end of the runway. During the initial climb, the airplane performed poorly and "felt sluggish" on the flight controls. Unable to clear tall trees about 300 ft beyond the end of the runway without potentially stalling the airplane, the pilot elected to pitch the nose down and impacted into shorter trees, damaging the right wing.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: JUST AIRCRAFT
Registration: N324SB
Model/Series: HIGHLANDER
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: KTRL, 475 ft msl
Observation Time: 1953 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 100°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Quinlan, TX (T14)
Destination: Quinlan, TX (T14)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  32.952500, -96.095833 (est)

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