Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Van's RV-10, N569JC: Accident occurred September 20, 2019 near Lancaster Regional Airport (KLNC), Dallas County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

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


Location: Lancaster, TX
Accident Number: CEN19LA326
Date & Time: 09/20/2019, 1950 CDT
Registration: N569JC
Aircraft: Vans VANS RV-10
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On September 20, 2019, about 1940 central daylight time, a Vans RV-10 experimental airplane, N569JC, registered to a private individual, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing after a partial loss of engine power immediately after takeoff from the Lancaster Regional Airport, (LNC), Lancaster, Texas. The airline transport pilot, and three pilot rated passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed. The personal flight was being conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Federal Code of Regulations Part 91. The flight originated from LNC at 1900.

According to the pilot, the airplane was flown uneventfully for about an hour, practicing stalls and ILS approaches, and then made a full stop landing to refuel. After refueling, the pilot took off again for more practice maneuvers. After about 40 minutes of uneventful flying, the pilot set up for a touch and go on runway 13 at LNC. Upon liftoff, it sounded like the nose wheel was vibrating. The engine backfired and power was decreasing. The pilot confirmed full throttle, propeller forward, mixture rich, and boost pump on. When the pilot felt the initial vibration, the airplane was about 100 feet off the ground and 2/3 down the runway. The pilot decided that he could not land on the remaining runway, so he climbed, raised the flaps, and increased airspeed to 95-100 knots. The manifold pressure was dropping from 17 to 14 with full throttle and the engine power continued to decrease.

The pilot decided to try a gentle turn (10-15 degrees) to a downwind back to the airport, about 70-75 knots and 500-700 feet AGL. On crosswind, the pilot determined that he could not make the runway, so he landed in a farmers field. The airplane slid onto the field, the nose wheel sheared, and the main landing gear collapsed, All occupants exited the airplane. The airplane was recovered to a secure facility. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Vans
Registration: N569JC
Model/Series: VANS RV-10 No Series
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: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: LNC, 501 ft msl
Observation Time: 1952 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 14 knots / 20 knots, 140°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lancaster, TX (LNC)
Destination: Lancaster, TX (LNC)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None
Latitude, Longitude: 32.577500, -96.717500 (est)

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