Saturday, September 14, 2019

Kitfox 532, N87TJ: Accident occurred August 30, 2019 at Nampa Municipal Airport (KMAN), Canyon County, Idaho

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Nampa, ID
Accident Number: WPR19TA248
Date & Time: 08/30/2019, 0837 MDT
Registration: N87TJ
Aircraft: HALL Kitfox
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On August 30, 2019, about 0837 mountain daylight time, an amateur built Hall Kitfox 532 airplane, N87TJ, lost directional control during the landing roll at the Nampa Municipal Airport (MAN), Nampa, Idaho. The private pilot was not injured and passenger sustained minor injuries; the airplane exhibited substantial damage to the wings. The airplane was registered to an individual and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from the Caldwell Industrial Airport (EUL) at about 0800.

The pilot reported that, during takeoff from EUL, the airplane had a hard shimmy right before liftoff. After an uneventful flight, the pilot landed the airplane smoothly onto the main landing gears. When the tailwheel touched down, the airplane immediately became uncontrollable and unresponsive to any pilot corrections. The airplane was rolling towards the right side of the runway, so the pilot braked to slow the airplane. The propeller contacted the runway surface before the airplane exited the runway, nosed over and came to rest inverted.

On scene examination by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed a nut was missing from the tailwheel assembly and a washer was observed on the ground below the tail. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: HALL
Registration: N87TJ
Model/Series: Kitfox 532
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: MAN, 2537 ft msl
Observation Time: 0815 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 15°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Caldwell, ID (EUL)
Destination: Nampa, ID (MAN) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 43.575556, -116.520556 (est)

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