Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Loss of Control in Flight: Van’s RV-7A, N566WV; accident occurred August 19, 2019 at Ocracoke Island Airport (W95), Hyde County, North Carolina

View of the fuselage damage. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

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

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


Location: Ocracoke, NC
Accident Number: GAA19CA499
Date & Time: 08/19/2019, 1200 EDT
Registration: N566WV
Aircraft: Vans RV7
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, during the first approach to land, the airplane was high, and he aborted the landing. During the second approach, the airplane was again high, and he used a forward slip to descend. Upon crossing the runway threshold, he realized the airplane was drifting left of the runway. He again aborted the landing and applied full power. The airplane pitched up, continued to drift left and impacted trees.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, left and right wings and empennage.

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

An airport's automated weather observation station located 19 miles to the north east, reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 230° at 6 knots. The pilot was landing the airplane on runway 6.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 72, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/25/2017
Occupational Pilot:No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/17/2018
Flight Time: (Estimated) 3846 hours (Total, all aircraft), 912 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Vans
Registration: N566WV
Model/Series: RV7 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2008
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number:72604 
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/09/2019, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1800 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 912.3 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Superior
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: XP-IO-B1AD3
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 185 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: KHSE, 11 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 19 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1551 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 65°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3100 ft agl
Visibility:  8 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:230° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 26°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Kill Devil Hills, NC (FFA)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Ocracoke, NC (W95)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1100 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Ocracoke Island (W95)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 4 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 06
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2998 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Traffic Pattern

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: 35.101111, -75.965833 (est)

OCRACOKE, North Carolina (WITN) - Two people received minor injuries after their plane crashed on Ocracoke Island.

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore says it happened around noon on Monday at the Ocracoke Island Airport. They say the fixed-wing, single-engine airplane crashed-landed some 30 yards from the runway.

The pilot, Allen Sawyer, and a passenger walked away from the crash with minor injuries. The plane, which took off this morning from the Johnston Regional Airport in Smithfield, crashed into a stand of trees next to the runway, the park service told WITN.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the Vans RV7 aircraft ran off the runway and into the grass while landing. They will investigate the crash while the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause in the crash.

Sawyer owns the experimental plane and is from Garner, according to the Federal Aviation Administration website.

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