Thursday, August 22, 2019

Velocity XL-RG-5, N735D: Accident occurred August 21, 2019 in Kissimmee, Osceola County, Florida -and- Incident occurred June 11, 2017 at Middle Peninsula Regional Airport (KFYJ), West Point, King William County, Virginia

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida 
CAT; Tampa, Florida 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Kissimmee, FL
Accident Number: ERA19LA253
Date & Time: 08/21/2019, 0848 EDT
Registration: N735D
Aircraft: Velocity XL-5
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 21, 2019, at 0848 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Velocity XL-5, N735D, was substantially damaged during a forced landing to a field in Kissimmee, Florida, after a complete loss of electrical and engine power. The commercial pilot/builder and the passenger were seriously injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that was destined for the Sebastian Municipal Airport (9X26), Sebastian, Florida. The flight departed from the Kissimmee Gateway Airport (ISM), about 0840.

The pilot stated that he conducted a preflight inspection and engine run-up prior to departure, and everything was normal. Shortly after takeoff, at an altitude of 2,000 ft, the engine and electrical system failed simultaneously. The pilot tried several times to re-start the engine, but to no avail. He feathered the propeller and made a forced landing to a field. The airplane flipped over during landing resulting in substantial damage to the airframe.

The airplane wreckage was retained for further examination.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land, and instrument airplane. His last Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) third-class medical was issued on October 17, 2017. At that time, he reported a total of 822 flight hours.

Weather at ISM at 0856 was reported as wind from 110° at 4 knots, visibility 10 miles, scattered clouds at 700 ft, temperature 28°C, dewpoint 26°, and an altimeter setting of 30.13 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Velocity
Registration: N735D
Model/Series: XL-5
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: KISM, 82 ft msl
Observation Time: 0856 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 26°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 700 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 110°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Orlando, FL (ISM)
Destination: Sebastian, FL (X26) 

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: 28.000000, -81.000000 (est)

ST. CLOUD, Florida - Authorities are responding to a plane crash in Osceola County that sent a man and woman to the hospital.

Sky 6 flew over the scene of the plane that crashed Wednesday afternoon at the end of Kissimmee Park Road in St. Cloud, just east of a lake.

Osceola County fire officials said they responded to the crash around 1:45 p.m. and found the man and woman inside the small plane. The woman was trapped, while the man was able to get out quickly, officials said. 

Both victims were flown to Osceola Regional Medical Center as trauma alerts, fire officials said.

Aerial views showed the small plane -- identified by Federal Aviation Administration officials as a Velocity XL-RG-5 -- belly-up in a grassy area with debris scattered around it.

After the initial rescue, fire officials said crews were working to control a fuel leak at the scene to prevent it from spreading.

Details on what led up to the crash were not immediately available. The FAA will investigate.

Original article ➤

ST. CLOUD, Florida — A small plane was found in a field in the St. Cloud area Wednesday afternoon, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Authorities say the plane is a Velocity XL-RG-5. Osceola County deputies responded to the area of Kissimmee Park Road near Lake Tohopekaliga after reports of a crash.

Upon arrival, deputies say the plane was found upside down in a rural area.

There was a man and woman on board, says the FAA. The Sheriff's Office said they were airlifted to Osceola Regional Medical Center from the scene. Their conditions are not yet known.

Osceola County Sheriff’s Office said the terrain of the field made it tough to investigate.

"It’s a very rural area near Lake (Tohopekaliga) ... it does take some time to canvass an area such as this. It’s a rural area with high grass fields and things like that," said Major Jacob Ruiz, a spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office.

The FAA says it will investigate the incident. FAA records also show the plane is an experimental amateur-built plane registered to a man from Virginia.

Story and video ➤

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond

June 11, 2017: Aircraft on takeoff, went off the end of the runway into a marsh.

Date: 11-JUN-17
Time: 17:35:00Z
Regis#: N735D
Aircraft Make: VELOCITY
Aircraft Model: XLRG
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)

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