Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Van's RV-7A, N849GS: Accident occurred July 19, 2019 at Ocean City Municipal Airport (KOXB), Worcester County, Maryland

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Ocean City, MD
Accident Number: ERA19LA232
Date & Time: 07/19/2019, 1210 EDT
Registration: N849GS
Aircraft: VANS RV7
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 19, 2019, about 1210 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Vans RV-7A, N849GS, was substantially damaged after it experienced a partial loss of engine power during the initial climb after takeoff from Ocean City Municipal Airport (OXB), Ocean City, Maryland. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and a visual flight rules flight plan was filed for the personal flight destined for Manassas Regional Airport (HEF), Manassas, Virginia.

According to the pilot, he performed a preflight inspection of the airplane and an engine run-up with no anomalies noted. He taxied the airplane onto runway 20, applied full power, then, about 500 ft above ground level, the engine experienced a partial loss of power. The pilot verified that the throttle, mixture, and propeller were in the full forward position, and elected to stay in the airport traffic pattern and land on runway 14. He radioed on the UNICOM frequency and reported that he was landing on runway 14. On approach, the pilot noted that an airplane was entering runway 14 for departure. He radioed the pilot of the other airplane on the UNICOM frequency and asked him to abort the takeoff. The airplane exited the runway and the pilot continued his approach to runway 14. During short final approach, the pilot noted that the airplane was "high and fast," but he still wanted to land on the runway in order to prevent landing in the water. He landed the airplane "hard," about 1,000 ft from the end of the runway and continued for about 150 ft into the grass. The airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted, which resulted in substantial damage to the rudder.

An examination of the engine by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that compression was confirmed on all cylinders, fuel was noted in the fuel lines, and that there were no holes in the crankcase.

The engine was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: VANS
Registration: N849GS 
Model/Series: RV7 A
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: OXB, 12 ft msl
Observation Time: 1553 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 25°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 4700 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 180°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Ocean CIty, MD (KOXB)
Destination: Manassas, VA (KHEF) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 38.314444, -75.127778 (est)

OCEAN CITY, Maryland (WJZ) — A pilot was injured after his plane flipped during a landing at the Ocean City airport.

The 69-year-old man was injured when his Van's RV-7A aircraft flipped on landing around noon.

The sole pilot was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries.

National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the landing.

Last week, another pilot crash-landed a plane near the beach in Ocean City after the engine malfunctioned.

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