Saturday, November 23, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: QAC Quickie Q2, N624JC; accident occurred August 11, 2018 at Helena Regional Airport (KHLN), Lewis and Clark County, Montana

View of damaged tail cone.
 Federal Aviation Administration 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Helena, Montana

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Helena, MT
Accident Number: GAA18CA482
Date & Time: 08/11/2018, 1203 MDT
Registration: N624JC
Aircraft: Qac QUICKIE
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that, shortly after takeoff, the airplane drifted left. He corrected with right aileron and rudder, but the airplane continued left and he decided to abort the takeoff. He then reduced the engine power, but the airplane landed hard, bounced and both main wheels separated.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the tail cone.

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

The automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 350° at 3 knots. The pilot attempted to takeoff on runway 27. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 65, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; 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: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/01/2008
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 12/01/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 550 hours (Total, all aircraft), 0 hours (Total, this make and model), 450 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: QAC
Registration: N624JC
Model/Series: QUICKIE Q2
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1988
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 2838
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/05/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1346 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 189.5 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Subaru
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: EJ 25 Turbo
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 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: KHLN, 3868 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1753 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 93°
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: 350°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 6°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Helena, MT (HLN)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Houston, TX (CXO)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1203 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class D 

Airport Information

Airport: Helena Rgnl (HLN)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 3877 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 27
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 9000 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

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: 46.606667, -111.983333 (est)

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