Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Rans S-7 Courier, N831RS: Accident occurred November 15, 2019 in West Liberty, Morgan County, Kentucky

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

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky 
Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 


Location: West Liberty, KY

Accident Number: ERA20LA039
Date & Time: 11/15/2019, 1535 CST
Registration: N831RS
Aircraft: Rans RANS S7 COURIER
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On November 15, 2019, about 1535 central standard time, an experimental, amateur-built Rans S7 Courier airplane, N831RS, was substantially damaged during a forced landing to a field in West Liberty, Kentucky. The private pilot was not injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed for the cross-country flight.

According to the pilot, while en route to the destination, the engine lost total power "like someone turned off" the magnetos. He primed and restarted the engine, however it only produced power for 3 to 4 seconds before it lost total power for a second time. He repeated the process again, and the engine again lost power. When he attempted to restart the engine for the third time, the propeller would not rotate to initiate the start. The pilot elected to make a forced landing to a nearby field. During the landing, the airplane struck a fence post, which resulted in substantial damage to the left wing and engine mounts.

An examination of the engine revealed that the propeller would rotate through 360° of motion when turned by hand. In addition, the oil reservoir was empty. Fuel samples were taken from both wings and no debris was noted in either sample of 100LL fuel.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Rans
Registration: N831RS
Model/Series: RANS S7 COURIER Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
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: JKL, 1357 ft msl
Observation Time: 1553 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 29 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 7°C / -3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 30°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.24 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point:

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: 38.070833, -83.245000 (est)

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