Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Nose Over: Kitfox S7, C-GPMT; accident occurred October 20, 2019 in Reno, Nevada

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas, Nevada 

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Reno, NV
Accident Number: GAA20CA040
Date & Time: 10/20/2019, 1015 PDT
Registration: C-GPMT
Aircraft: Kitfox S7
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that, during the landing roll on an uphill, 600- to 700-ft-long unimproved landing strip, he applied brakes, and the airplane nosed over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing, tail cone, and rudder. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's use of excessive braking control during the landing roll, which resulted in a nose-over.


Surface speed/braking - Not attained/maintained (Cause)
Brake - Incorrect use/operation (Cause)

Personnel issues
Use of equip/system - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Nose over/nose down (Defining event)
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age:58, Male 
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present:
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/01/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 745 hours (Total, all aircraft), 110 hours (Total, this make and model), 745 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 40 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Kitfox
Registration: C-GPMT
Model/Series: S7 STI
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2018
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/01/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.:1547 lbs 
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 110 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT:  Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 915153A
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 141 hp
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: KRTS, 5053 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 32 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1735 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 181°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Light and Variable /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Reno, NV
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Reno, NV (RTS)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1030 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

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: 40.200833, -119.868889 (est)

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