Saturday, June 29, 2019

Loss of Control in Flight: Unregistered Quicksilver Sport 2S Light Sport; accident occurred June 22, 2019 in Barnesville, Belmont County, Ohio

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbus, Ohio

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


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

Location: Barnesville, OH
Accident Number: CEN19LA181
Date & Time: 06/22/2019, 1725 EDT
Registration: UNREG
Aircraft: QUICKSILVER Sport
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 22, 2019, about 1725 eastern daylight time, an unregistered Quicksilver Sport 2S Light Sport Airplane, impacted terrain shortly after departing a private residence near Barnesville, Ohio. The pilot received serious injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was owned and operated by a private individual under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.

A witness recorded a video of the accident. A review of the video showed the airplane's takeoff from a grass airstrip. As the airplane departed the runway surface, it started a left turn, the bank continued to increase as the airplane disappeared out of the camera frame. The airplane was out of view when it impacted terrain. The airplane's engine was heard throughout the accident sequence, with no engine power changes noted.

The responding FAA inspector reported that the pilot had bought the airplane, later identified as a Quicksilver Sport 2S, sometime in the fall of 2018. Adding that the dealer helped assemble the airplane and saying that the pilot needed to complete the certification and registration process. There was no record that the pilot applied for airplane airworthiness certificate or registration certificates. The airplane was not marked with a registration number.

The pilot reported that he did not have any memory of the accident.

A review of FAA records noted that the pilot held a private pilot certificate with rating for airplane single-engine land. The pilot did not have a current class medical on file; however, the pilot may have been eligible under the sport pilot medical rules.

Examination of the wreckage found substantial damage to the fuselage/wings of the airplane. Flight control continuity to the control surfaces was confirmed. The fuel tank contained only residual fuel; however, the fuel lines to the tanks were broken during the accident sequence.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 63, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s):None 
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Unknown
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: QUICKSILVER
Registration: UNREG
Model/Series: Sport 2S
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate:
Serial Number: 00
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines:  Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: 582
Registered Owner: N/A
Rated Power:
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: KCDI
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1739 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 270°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 13°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration
Departure Point: Barnesville, OH
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Barnesville, OH
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1725 EDT
Type of Airspace:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 39.987500, -81.180556



Location: Barnesville, OH
Accident Number: CEN19LA181
Date & Time: 06/22/2019, 1725 EDT
Registration: None
Aircraft: Unknown 2 seat
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 22, 2019, about 1725 eastern daylight time, an unregistered Light Sport Airplane, impacted terrain shortly after departing a private residence near Barnesville, Ohio. The pilot received serious injuries, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was owned and operated by a private individual under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time.

A witness reported that the pilot departed the private airstrip; when the airplane was about 40 ft in the air, "the airplane crashed". The airplane was described as a two-seat ultralight, without a Federal Aviation Administration registration number.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Unknown
Registration: None
Model/Series: 2 seat
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KCDI
Observation Time: 1739 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Barnesville, OH
Destination: Barnesville, OH

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 39.987500, -81.180556

BARNESVILLE, Ohio — Ohio State Police has identified the victim of a Saturday evening plane crash.

Police officials say that 63-year-old Tim Ackerman of Barnesville, Ohio took off from his personal airfield, Howell Airport, at 7:35 p.m.

Shortly after takeoff, Ackerman's ultralight aircraft made a turn and then nosedived into the ground.

“After taking off he got up to approximately 40 feet in the air, made a slight left-hand turn and then plummeted down to the ground where he crashed,” Sgt. Drew Hertlein of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Emergency responders rushed to the scene located at the intersection of State Route 800 and Flat Rock Road.

“He was awake and conscious, still somewhat seat-belted into his machine,” said Somerton EMS Squad Captain Roy Clark. “His girlfriend was with him talking to him, he talked to me several times.”

About a dozen emergency responders worked to free Ackerman from the wreckage within the first ten minutes on scene.

“He was in a lot of pain because of being entangled in the wreckage, both legs were entangled, pretty much a mess,” said Clark.

Clark was the lead paramedic working to free Ackerman, someone he has known for many years.

“He’s very caring, down to earth person, works hard daily,” said Clark. “He’s a good guy, he helps us out at the church a lot and everything else.”

Neighbors also say that Ackerman was a good friend and enjoyed flying.

“He just goes out and joyrides whenever he can, goes out to eat,” said neighbor Jason Doty. “I’ve talked to him a couple times about it. He’ll take people out. Say you want to go for a ride, he’ll take people out, he’ll take them where they want to go.”

Ackerman suffered severe injuries to both of his legs and was flown to a Morgantown hospital where he underwent surgeries throughout the night as well as through the day on Sunday. He is expected to survive his injuries.

This kind of event is uncommon for the area, but state police say this is the second plane crash in the past several months.

“I would say it’s uncommon, but just within the past couple months this is the second plane crash that we’ve had,” said Sgt. Drew Hertlein. “The prior one was down in Monroe County at the Monroe County Airport.”

The Federal Aviation Administration said they are investigating the accident, however, a determination of what caused the accident could take several months to surface.

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