Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Low Altitude Operation/Event: Sonex, N612RF; accident occurred October 11, 2019 at Whidbey Air Park (W10), Langley, Island County, Washington

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

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


https://registry.faa.gov/N612RF

Location: Langley, WA
Accident Number: GAA20CA018
Date & Time: 10/11/2019, 1530 PDT
Registration: N612RF
Aircraft: FOXWORTHY RICK A SONEX
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Low altitude operation/event
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Flight Test 

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, on left base in the traffic pattern, the airplane was high. He made a 270° descending right turn to final and add 20° of flaps. The airplane descended faster than expected and the left wing struck a tree. The airplane impacted terrain, came to rest inverted, and post-crash fire ensued.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings.

The pilot reported that there were no pre-accident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Sport Pilot
Age: 65, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/23/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 160.4 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1.8 hours (Total, this make and model), 160.4 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 4.3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: FOXWORTHY RICK A
Registration: N612RF
Model/Series: SONEX
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2014
Amateur Built:Yes 
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 1559
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4.5 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Aerovee
ELT: C91A installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: Aerovee 2.1
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 80 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: KPAE, 606 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2253 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 136°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 340°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / -1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Langley, WA (W10)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Langley, WA (W10)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1500 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Whidbey Air Park (W10)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 271 ft
Runway Surface Condition:
Runway Used: 34
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2470 ft / 25 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 48.017500, -122.437778 (est)

Update: The aircraft involved was a small homemade plane. The owner was the pilot and was on approach to the field. He lost engine power and his wing clipped a tree. The plane did a flat spin then landed on its top and caught fire. Its pilot was injured then airlifted to Providence in Everett and the extent of his injuries is not known at this time. The plane’s cockpit was completely destroyed by the fire.

Earlier: South Whidbey Fire/EMS responders are on scene of an airplane crash at Porter Field. The one occupant onboard was injured and is being airlifted to Everett Providence Hospital for further treatment. The plane burned during the crash and was extinguished by responders.

-South Whidbey Fire/EMS





A pilot is lucky to be alive after his small aircraft crashed Friday at Porter Field on Whidbey Island.

Fire crews who were called to the scene said the pilot was the only one on board and he was injured and airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment.

The plane caught fire and burned during the crash but fire crews put out the flames, South Whidbey Fire/Emergency Medical Services officials said.

Officials with Whidbey Airpark said the aircraft was a home-built Sonex and the crash happened while the pilot was returning from his flight.

Federal Aviation Administration officials said the aircraft crashed short of the runway.

No information was provided on the pilot's specific injury.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash. 

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.kiro7.com

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