Saturday, August 17, 2019

Fuel Exhaustion: Nieuport II Replica, N112GV, accident occurred August 17, 2019 in Talladega County, Alabama

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Birmingham, Alabama

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms 
 
https://registry.faa.gov/N112GV


Location: Talladega, AL
Accident Number: ERA19TA254
Date & Time: 08/17/2019, 1242 CDT
Registration: N112GV
Aircraft: GIger Frank R Nieuport II
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 17, 2019, about 1242 central daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Nieuport II, N112GV, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Talladega, Alabama. The sport pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was privately owned and operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight, that departed Bessemer Airport (EKY) Bessemer, Alabama, about 1200 and was destined for Talladega Municipal Airport (ASN) Talladega, Alabama.

The pilot reported that he topped off his airplane with 10 gallons of fuel before his flight from ASN to EKY. During the 55-minute flight about 3 gallons of fuel was used, leaving 7 gallons for the return flight home. During the return flight back to ASN, he climbed up to 5,000 ft mean sea level (msl) to avoid "bad" turbulence. About 15 minutes from ASN the pilot started a descent to 3,000 ft msl, checked his fuel gauge, and noticed that it was reading 4 gallons of fuel remaining. Shortly thereafter the fuel gauge was reading near zero and the engine stopped. The pilot made a forced landing on top of the trees bordering a road that contained vehicle traffic. The airplane settled into the trees before colliding with the ground.

The pilot stated the turbulence was very heavy during the flight and that he was getting "kicked" around by the turbulence. He was wearing steel toe boots and likely kicked off the fuel line which was located under the instrument panel between the rudder pedals. The line broke off and the fuel drained out. He stated the open cockpit creates a vacuum effect, so he never smelled the fuel as it drained.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the airplane was substantially damaged during the landing in the trees. The left wing was bent at multiple locations and the fuselage was buckled. There were multiple ribs and stringers broken and several tears in the wing and fuselage fabric. Closer inspection of the fuel lines and tank revealed that the fuel line to the sump, which was positioned between the rudder pedals and underneath the fuel tank, was broken off at the fuel line connection barb.

The pilot held a sport pilot certificate with an endorsement for airplane single-engine land. The pilot reported 132.9 total hours of flight experience.

According to FAA airworthiness and aircraft maintenance records, the airplane was issued a special airworthiness certificate for experimental amateur-built on March 17, 2016. It was a single place bi-wing airplane, of aluminum tube and fabric construction, that was equipped with tailwheel landing gear, and a Volkswagen horizontally opposed 4 cylinder engine driving a two blade fixed pitch wooden propeller.

The weather conditions reported at St Clair County Airport (PLR) Pell City, Alabama, located about 5 nautical miles northwest of the accident site reported at 1235, included wind 4 knots and variable, visibility 10 statute miles, clear skies, temperature 35° C, dew point 19° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.00 inches of mercury.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Sport Pilot
Age: 53, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s):None 
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/28/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 132.9 hours (Total, all aircraft), 61 hours (Total, this make and model), 98 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: GIger Frank R
Registration: N112GV
Model/Series: Nieuport II
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2016
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 143
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/11/2019, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 50.4 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Volkswagen
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: CONVERSION
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power:60 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: PLR, 485 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1235 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 325°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 35°C / 19°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Bessemer, AL (EKY)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Talladega, AL (ASN)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1200 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

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: 33.496111, -86.221667 (est)


Location: Talladega, AL
Accident Number: ERA19LA254
Date & Time: 08/17/2019, 1242 CDT
Registration: N112GV
Aircraft: GIger Frank R Nieuport II
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 17, 2019, about 1242 central daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Nieuport II, N112GV, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Talladega, Alabama. The sport pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was privately owned and operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight, that departed Bessemer Airport (EKY) Bessemer, Alabama about 1200 and was destined for Talladega Municipal Airport (ASN) Talladega, Alabama.

The pilot reported that he topped off his airplane with 10 gallons of fuel before his flight from ASN to EKY. During the 55-minute flight about 3 gallons of fuel was used, leaving 7 gallons for the return flight home. During the return flight back to ASN, he climbed up to 5,000 ft mean sea level (msl) to avoid turbulence. About 15 minutes from ASN the pilot started a descent to 3,000 ft msl, checked his fuel gauge, and noticed that it was reading 4 gallons of fuel remaining. Shortly thereafter the fuel gauge was reading near zero and the engine stopped. The pilot made a forced landing on top of the trees bordering a road. The airplane settled into the trees before colliding with the ground.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the airplane was substantially damaged during the landing in the trees. The left wing bent multiple locations and the fuselage was buckled. There were multiple ribs and stringers broken and several tears in the wing and fuselage fabric. Closer inspection of the fuel lines and tank revealed that the fuel line to the sump, which was positioned between the rudder pedals and underneath the fuel tank, was broken off at the fuel line connection barb.

The pilot, age 53, held a sport pilot certificate with an endorsement for airplane single-engine land. The pilot reported 132.9 total hours of flight experience.

According to FAA airworthiness and airplane maintenance records, the airplane was issued a special airworthiness certificate for experimental amateur-built on March 17, 2016. It was a —single place, bi-wing airplane, of aluminum tube and fabric construction that was equipped with tailwheel landing gear, and a Volkswagen horizontally opposed 4 cylinder engine driving a two blade fixed pitch wooden propeller.

The weather conditions reported at St Clair County Airport (PLR) Pell City, Alabama located about 7 miles northwest of the accident site reported at 1235, included wind light and variable, , visibility 10 statute miles, clear skies, temperature 35° C, dew point 19° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.00 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: GIger Frank R
Registration: N112GV
Model/Series: Nieuport II
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: PLR, 485 ft msl
Observation Time: 1735 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 35°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Bessemer, AL (EKY)
Destination: Talladega, AL (ASN)

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: 33.496111, -86.221667 (est)


Talladega County, Alabama (WBRC) - A single engine plane crashed in Talladega County Saturday afternoon, on Stemley Road between Stemley Bridge Road and Joe Gamble Road.

The pilot was flying from Bessemer, Alabama, to Talladega when the crashed occurred.

According to Alabama Law Enforcement officials, the pilot survived and was able to walk away with no injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.wbrc.com

One man survived a plane crash in Talladega today with only minor injuries.

The crash happened at about 12:30 pm outside the entrance of Lincoln Harbor condos, next to the Coosa River.

The pilot was the only occupant of the Nieuport II Replica aircraft.

He was traveling from Bessemer to Talladega and experienced fuel issues, according to the Lincoln Fire Captain.

The pilot purposely flew into trees to avoid hitting the condos.

An official report will come from the Federal Aviation Administration after their crash investigation is complete.

Story and video ➤ https://abc3340.com

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is one of the Airdrome replicas,what a great pity he had put such a lot of work into this aeroplane,lets hope it can be rebuilt to fly again.