Saturday, October 12, 2019

Loss of Control in Flight: Antares MA33-582, N92287; accident occurred October 11, 2019 at Coeur d'Alene Airport (KCOE), Kootenai County, Idaho

View of damaged wings. 
Federal Aviation Administration 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane, Washington 

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

***This report was modified on January 9, 2020. Please see the docket for this accident to view the original report.***

The student pilot reported that his memory of the accident was spotty. He added that, during takeoff, the weight shift control aircraft climbed to about 30 ft and his foot slipped off the throttle pedal. The aircraft dove toward the ground in a left bank and impacted terrain.

Two witnesses reported observing the accident from the airport fuel pumps. One witness reported that, during takeoff, once off the ground, the weight shift control aircraft drifted to the left off the runway. It appeared that the student pilot was correcting and drifted back toward the runway. Suddenly, the left wing struck the ground and the aircraft impacted terrain. The second witness reported that the aircraft touched down and flip over.

The aircraft sustained substantial damage to both wings.

The airport's automated weather observation station reported that, about 5 minutes after the accident, the wind was from 030° at 5 knots. The student pilot was departing on runway 02. 

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Remote; Student
Age: 51, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:No 
Medical Certification: None
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 
Flight Time: (Estimated) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ANTARES
Registration: N92287
Model/Series: MA33 582
Aircraft Category: Weight-Shift
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 0242
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
Engine Model/Series: 582
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power:
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: KCOE, 2307 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2356 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 153°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 30°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.24 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C / -3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Coeur d'Alene, ID (COE)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time: 1651 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 2320 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 02
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5400 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 47.769167, -116.818611 (est)

COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho - The pilot involved in a crash with an experimental aircraft at Coeur d'Alene Airport has been identified as 51-year-old Thomas Slotts of Spokane. 

According to the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office, Slotts was hospitalized with serious but non-life-threatening injuries after the crash on Friday, October 11. 

Crews from multiple agencies responded to the scene. Based on an initial investigation, it appeared Slotts overturned his aircraft during the low-level stages of takeoff and impacted into a field off the runway. 

Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor at this time but the investigation into the exact circumstances of the crash remains ongoing. 

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified and is conducting an investigation as well. 

Previous Coverage:

COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho - Multiple agencies are responding to the Coeur d'Alene Airport for a reported crash involving an experimental aircraft. 

According to Northern Lakes Fire, the pilot of the aircraft was the only person on board and he has been taken to Kootenai Health in critical condition. 

Witnesses say the crash occurred as the aircraft was attempting to take off. 

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified. One runway at the airport has been closed down as the investigation continues.

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office identified the man injured in an aircraft crash at the Coeur d'Alene Airport on Friday.

According to a release, deputies believe 51-year-old Thomas Stotts overturned his aircraft during the beginning stages of takeoff, sending him barreling into a nearby field. 

First responders found Stotts pinned underneath the aircraft. It took fire crews about five minutes to extricate him.

"This is a rare event," said Chris Larson with Northern Lights Fire. "Coeur d'Alene Airport has a great history of safety out here. As being in the fire district for 20 years, this is a very rare event."

Stotts was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries, the sheriff's office said.

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation and the Federal Aviation Administration has been notified. 

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - One person is in serious condition after an experimental aircraft crashed at the Coeur d'Alene Airport Friday afternoon. 

Crews were on scene at the airport working to rescue the pilot from inside the crashed experimental, ultralight aircraft, the Northern Lakes Fire District said. 

"When the crews found him, the plane was located on top of the patient. How it happened or if he was landing or taking off, I do not know," said Chris Larson, who is the Deputy Fire Marshal for the Northern Lake Fire District.

The pilot was removed and taken to Kootenai Health with critical injuries, according to Chris Larson with the North Lake Fire District.

The pilot, identified as Thomas Stotts, 51, of Spokane, overturned his aircraft during the low level stages of take-off, an initial investigation revealed. Stotts' aircraft crashed into a field off the runway inside the airport, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office said.

One of the runways at the airport is closed due to the crash, although there is still a second lane open. Fire crews from several agencies are at the airport working the crash.

Larson said this type of incident is rare for the Coeur d'Alene airport.

"Coeur D'ALene airport has a great history of safety out here. As being in the fire district for 20 years, this is a very rare event," he said.

The National Transportation Safety Board was notified about the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration was also notified about the crash, and it will conduct an investigation.

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