Thursday, September 26, 2019

Lancair 320, N52WL: Accident occurred September 25, 2019 at Bolivar Municipal Airport (M17), Polk County, Missouri

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

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Kansas City, Missouri

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Bolivar, MO
Accident Number: CEN19TA333
Date & Time: 09/25/2019, 1335 CDT
Registration: N52WL
Aircraft: Lancair LANCAIR 320
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 25, 2019, at 1335 central daylight time, a Lancair 320 experimental amateur-built airplane, N52WL, experience a landing gear system malfunction while on approach to Bolivar Municipal Airport (M17), Bolivar, Missouri. The private pilot was not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing. 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 at the time of the accident, and a flight plan had not been filed. The airplane departed the Sparta/Fort McCoy Airport, Sparta, Wisconsin, at 1115, and was destined for M17.

According to the pilot, while on visual approach to M17, he activated the landing gear extension switch and noticed the right main landing gear indication was not illuminated. The pilot recycled the landing gear, checked the landing gear circuit breaker, and performed an emergency landing gear extension; however, the right main landing gear did not extend. The pilot burned excess fuel for about 1 hour and executed a landing to runway 18. During the landing, the right wing contacted the runway and terrain. The airplane came to rest upright.

Examination of the airplane by Federal Aviation Administration inspectors revealed the airplane hydraulic fluid reservoir contained a minimal amount of fluid. No visual leaks were noted with the hydraulic system. The reservoir tank was located aft of the firewall and was not visible during a standard pre-flight inspection. The most recent condition inspection was completed on January 12, 2017. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Lancair
Registration: N52WL
Model/Series: LANCAIR 320 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: Goff Marwin E
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None  

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Sparta, WI (CMY)
Destination: Bolivar, MO (M17)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 37.596111, -93.348056

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