Friday, August 16, 2019

Fuel Exhaustion: Flight Design CT2K, N433CT; accident occurred August 16, 2019 in Hooper, Whitman County, Washington

View of right wing damage. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Location: Hooper, WA 
Accident Number: GAA19CA495
Date & Time: 08/16/2019, 1030 PDT
Registration: N433CT
Aircraft: Flight Design CT2K
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot reported that, one hour en route to the destination airport, the turbulence was getting bad, so he decided to return to the departure airport. Subsequently, the airplane ran out of fuel and he made an off-airport landing in an open field. Upon landing, the airplane bounced, the nose gear collapsed, and the airplane nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing and fuselage.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 82, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Glider
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/01/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/06/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 16600 hours (Total, all aircraft), 35.6 hours (Total, this make and model), 29.5 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 21.3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Flight Design
Registration: N433CT
Model/Series: CT2K No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:2003 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Special Light-Sport
Serial Number:
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/15/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 583 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: ROTAX
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 912
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power:100 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: KALW, 1205 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 35 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1753 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 190°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 11 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 210°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / 10°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Starbuck, WA (16W)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Connell, WA (WA14)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0930 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 46.672778, -118.136667 (est)

A single-engine plane crashed near the community of Hooper in Whitman County, Washington, Friday, leaving both the pilot and passenger injured.

The crash occurred around 10:30 a.m. Friday in an open field close to Hammer Grade Road.

The plane is believed to have run out of gas or to have had mechanical problems, according to a statement from the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office.

Both the people in the plane are believed to be from Kahlotus, Washington, according to the statement.

The passenger was flown to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lewiston, Idaho, according to the Sheriff’s office.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are conducting a join investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤

COLFAX, Washington  – The Whitman County Sheriff’s Office and local emergency crews from the Lacrosse area responded to a report of a single engine plane crash around 10:30 a.m. on Friday Morning. 

The crash occurred in western Whitman County near the town of Hooper, Washington. 

Initial reports indicate the pilot attempted to land in an open field near Hammer Grade Road when his aircraft is believed to have run out of fuel or had mechanical difficulties. 

Both the pilot and his passenger sustained injuries during the crash and the passenger was flown via Med Star to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Lewiston, Idaho.

Both the pilot and the passenger are believed to be from the Kahlotus, Washington, area.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have been notified and will be conducting a joint investigation into the cause of this accident.

Original article can be found here ➤

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