Friday, November 22, 2019

Mosquito XE285, Unregistered: Accident occurred November 02, 2019 in Seffner, Hillsborough County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Seffner, FL
Accident Number: ERA20LA037
Date & Time: 11/02/2019, 1300 EST
Registration: Unregistered
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On November 2, 2019, about 1300 eastern standard time, an unregistered experimental, amateur-built Mosquito XE285 helicopter, sustained substantial damage while landing at a private residence in Seffner, Florida. The private pilot was seriously injured. The helicopter was owned by the pilot and operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight that departed the residence about 1255.

In a statement to law enforcement, the pilot stated that he was trying to land and came down too fast and the main rotor blade flexed and struck the tail.

The pilot's neighbor stated that the pilot purchased the helicopter about 6 months before the accident, and he would practice taking off on her property located behind his house. She said that she watched him "land hard and began bouncing around." The helicopter continued to bounce, before it flipped over and crashed.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single engine. His last Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) third class medical certificate was issued on January 15, 2015. At that time, he reported a total of 200 flight hours.

At 1335, weather at Tampa Executive Airport (VDF), located about 15 miles northwest of the accident site, was reported as calm wind, visibility 10 miles, scattered clouds at 3,500 ft, broken clouds at 4,500 ft, overcast clouds at 6,000 ft, temperature 27°C, dew point 22° C, and a barometric pressure setting of 30.01 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: MOSQUITO
Registration: Unregistered
Model/Series: XE 285
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Amateur Built: Yes
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: VDF, 21 ft msl
Observation Time: 1235 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Seffner, FL (None)
Destination: Seffner, FL (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: 27.983611, -82.275556 (est)

1 comment:

  1. Another Mosquito gone, there can't be too many of them left now.

    One thing for sure, there will never be a vintage Mosquito fly-in ever.