Sunday, July 21, 2019

Abnormal Runway Contact: DRB Raider, N703DB; accident occurred July 18, 2019 at Laramie Regional Airport (KLAR), Albany County, Wyoming

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Laramie, WY
Accident Number: GAA19CA433
Date & Time: 07/18/2019, 0800 MDT
Registration: N703DB
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Flight Test 

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, while landing on a grass runway and, "about 10 feet AGL my plane dropped and fast." The airplane touched down hard on the runway and skidded to a stop.

The pilot further reported that, he was conducting a test flight and added an additional 90 pounds to the back seat.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and rudder.

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

The airport's automated weather observation station reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 140° at 5 knots. The airplane was landing on runway 21.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 55, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
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: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/04/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/05/2019
Flight Time: (Estimated) 134 hours (Total, all aircraft), 30 hours (Total, this make and model), 53 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 31 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 22 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N703DB
Model/Series: DRB RAIDER
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 001DB
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/10/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 950 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 30 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Hirth
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: F 30
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 80 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: KLAR, 7272 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1353 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 310°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 140°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.15 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Laramie, WY (LAR)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Laramie, WY (LAR)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0800 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Laramie Rgnl (LAR)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt; Concrete; Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 7283 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Rough; Vegetation
Runway Used: 21
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 8502 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

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: 41.311944, -105.675000 (est)

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