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Loss of Control on Ground: American Legend AL3 , N841ML, accident occurred January 17, 2017 at Pierson Municipal Airport (2J8), Volusia County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

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/N841ML



Location: Pierson, FL
Accident Number: ERA17LA091
Date & Time: 01/17/2017, 1030 EST
Registration: N841ML
Aircraft: AMERICAN LEGEND AIRCRAFT CO AL3
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 17, 2017, at 1030 eastern standard time, an American Legend Aircraft Company AL3, N841ML, was substantially damaged when it nosed over during takeoff from the Pierson Municipal Airport (2J8), Pierson, Florida. The private pilot and the pilot-rated passenger were seriously injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed, for the personal flight operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The local flight departed Ormond Beach Municipal Airport (OMN), Ormond Beach, Florida about 1000.

According to the pilot, she flew to 2J8 to perform touch-and-go landings. Upon arrival, she overflew the airport and did not observe any traffic in the area nor hear any radio calls over the common traffic advisory frequency. The pilot entered the traffic pattern for runway 5, a 2,600 foot-long, 200 foot-wide, turf runway, on a left downwind, and performed two touch-and-go landings without incident. The pilot recalled that during the third touch-and-go landing, she landed slightly farther down the runway than the first two landings, and that all three landings were within the first 25 percent of the runway length. As the airplane rolled on the runway, she added power to accelerate and the airplane suddenly nosed over like "hitting a brick wall," and came to a rest inverted. She noted there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operations.

A witness, who was a designated pilot examiner, was sitting at a picnic table at the airport and observed the accident airplane. The witness stated that the airplane entered the traffic pattern for runway 5; however, the wind was favoring runway 23 at 5 to 10 knots. He observed the airplane complete two touch-and-go landings uneventfully. From his location about 1,500 ft away, he did not realize there had been an accident during the third touch-and-go until law enforcement arrived. He then went to the airplane to assist and observed about 500 ft of marks on the runway. The marks were initially along the runway centerline, then deviated to the left, then to the right, and then back to the left as they lead to the inverted airplane. Just prior to the wreckage, 1 to 2 ft of marks appeared to be skid marks.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with an airplane single-engine land rating. Her most recent second-class medical certificate was issued on March 2, 2015, at which time she reported 148 hours of total flight experience. During an interview, she indicated that she had about 30 hours of flight experience in the same make and model as the accident airplane.

Examination of the conventional landing gear equipped airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed substantial damage to the rudder, vertical stabilizer, and wing struts. Flight control continuity was confirmed from each control surface to the cockpit controls. The wheel brakes functioned normally. The inspector examined the runway surface during the week following the accident, and he observed some animal burrows and holes in the turf at several locations, though not in the area of the accident. He further reported that damage to the runway in the area of the impact had been repaired prior to his examination.

DeLand Municipal Airport (DED), DeLand, Florida, was located about 14 miles southeast of 2J8. At 1035, the reported weather included wind from 190 degrees at 10 knots, scattered clouds at 2,400 feet above ground level, with 10 statute miles of visibility.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 62, Female
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 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/01/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/26/2015
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 301 hours (Total, all aircraft), 38 hours (Total, this make and model), 301 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 27 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 9 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)



Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AMERICAN LEGEND AIRCRAFT CO
Registration: N841ML
Model/Series: AL3
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Special Light-Sport
Serial Number: AL-1064
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 12/08/2016, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 9 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 184 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91A installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-200-A66B
Registered Owner: Mike Lima Corporation
Rated Power: 100 hp
Operator: Mike Lima Corporation
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDED, 79 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1035 EST
Direction from Accident Site: 140°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2400 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 10 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 190°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.28 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 18°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Pierson, FL (2J8)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Pierson, FL (2J8)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1025 EST
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: PIERSON MUNI (2J8) 
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 63 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Rough
Runway Used:05 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2600 ft / 200 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Touch and Go

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 29.250000, -81.459444 (est)

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