Saturday, June 8, 2019

System/Composite Malfunction/Failure (Non-Power): Columbia Lancair-LC-41-550FG, N2546B, accident occurred August 03, 2018 at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (KDFW), 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, North Texas

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/N2546B


Location: Dallas, TX
Accident Number: CEN18LA315
Date & Time: 08/03/2018, 0815 CDT
Registration: N2546B
Aircraft:  COLUMBIA AIRCRAFT MFG LC41-550FG
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Sys/Comp malf/fail (non-power)
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:
Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 3, 2018, about 0815 central daylight time, a Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing LC41-550FG, N2546B, departed the taxiway and collided with a taxiway sign while taxiing at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), Dallas, Texas. The private pilot was not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by Reitz Offshore Logistics, LLC, under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 without a flight plan. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the cross-country flight that departed Wiley Post Airport (PWA), Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, about 0715.

According to the pilot, after an uneventful landing on runway 17L he was issued taxi instructions to a fixed base operator (FBO) on the general aviation ramp. The pilot reported that the taxi was uneventful until the right turn from taxiway K to taxiway Z. He stated that the airplane did not respond to a full application of right rudder and brake pedal. Additionally, an application of the left brake pedal did not slow the airplane. The airplane departed the taxiway and went into a grass median where the right wing impacted a lighted taxiway sign.

A postaccident examination of the airplane was completed by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors with the North Texas Flight Standards District Office. The upper and lower composite skins of the right wing were fractured and crushed over an area measuring about 2.5 ft wide. The airplane was not equipped with nosewheel steering and relied on differential brake input to steer the airplane while on the ground. The FAA inspectors noted that the brake pads for both main landing gear brake pads were worn excessively, which allowed brake fluid to leak past their respective O-ring seals when the brake pedals were depressed. Additionally, the right main tire was deflated and exhibited rotational scoring where the wheel rim had contacted the tire. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 32, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
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: 11/06/2013
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/10/2017
Flight Time:  1122.9 hours (Total, all aircraft), 214.1 hours (Total, this make and model), 1122.9 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 93.7 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 31.9 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: COLUMBIA AIRCRAFT MFG
Registration: N2546B
Model/Series: LC41-550FG
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2006
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 41582
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/28/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3600 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 129 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 696 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: TSIO-550-C9
Registered Owner: Reitz Offshore Logistics, LLC
Rated Power: 310 hp
Operator: Reitz Offshore Logistics, LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: DFW, 607 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0753 CDT
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 11000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / Clear Air
Wind Direction: 120°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 14°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Oklahoma City, OK (PWA)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Dallas, TX (DFW)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 0715 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class B

Airport Information

Airport: Dallas-Fort Worth Intl (DFW)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 607 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
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:  32.897222, -97.037778 (est)

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