Friday, September 06, 2019

Velocity XL RG, N2XF: Accident occurred September 03, 2019 at Mack Mesa Airport (10CO), Mesa County, Colorado

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Mack, CO
Accident Number: CEN19LA313
Date & Time: 09/03/2019, 1000 MDT
Registration: N2XF
Aircraft: Jackson Velocity
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Business 

On September 3, 2019, about 1000 mountain daylight time, the engine on a Jackson/Marini Velocity XL-RG, N2XF, over-sped during climb to cruise shortly after taking off from Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT), Grand Junction, Colorado. The pilot was vectored to Mack Mesa Airport (10CO), Mack, Colorado, where he made a forced landing on runway 07. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left rudder. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a business flight. Visual meteorological conditions existed at the airport at the time of the accident, and an instrument flight rules flight plan had been filed for the flight destined for Ravalli County Airport (6S5), Hamilton, Montana.

The pilot said he took off from GJT about 0925. As the airplane was passing 15,000 ft en route to its assigned cruising altitude of flight level (FL) 180 (18,000, the engine suddenly oversped to approximately 3,450 rpm. The pilot advised Denver air route traffic control center (ARTCC) and was given vectors to 10CO. The pilot waited until the landing was assured before lowering the landing gear. Because of excessive speed, the airplane touched down halfway down the runway. The nose gear had extended. The pilot applied brakes, but the main gear was not completely extended so there was no effective braking. During the landing roll, the airplane struck an irrigation pipe, knocking off the left rudder. The airplane slid off the departure end of the runway and came rest in a clover field.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Jackson
Registration: N2XF
Model/Series: Velocity XL-RG
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: GJT, 4861 ft msl
Observation Time: 0947 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 19 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 160°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.26 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Grand Junction, CO (GJT)
Destination: Mack, CO (10CO) 

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: 39.268056, -108.864167

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