Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Hard Landing: North Wing Scout X-C, N419TN; accident occurred July 07, 2019 at Westfield Airport (I72), Hamilton County, Indiana

View of damage to the airframe. 
Federal Aviation Administration 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Westfield, IN
Accident Number: GAA19CA392
Date & Time: 07/07/2019, 2055 CDT
Registration: N419TN
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Hard landing
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The student pilot in the experimental light-sport, weight shift-control aircraft reported that he experienced "unexpected high degree" aircraft banking and controllability issues during the initial climb, so he decided to land.

During the landing roll, the aircraft bounced. The aircraft touched down on the nose landing gear and it rolled on to the left wing, before sliding to a stop.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and the airframe.

The METAR from the airport nearest the accident site was 4 nautical miles to the west, and reported that about the time of the accident, the wind was from 340° at 4 knots. The student pilot used runway 36.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 58, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Front
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 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/10/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 22 hours (Total, all aircraft), 5 hours (Total, this make and model), 5 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 22 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 22 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N419TN
Model/Series: SCOUT X-C
Aircraft Category: Weight-Shift
Year of Manufacture: 2010
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental Light Sport
Serial Number: E9005
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/20/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1060 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 912 UL
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: KTYQ, 922 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0155 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 256°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 340°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 23°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Westfield, IN (I72)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Westfield, IN (I72)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0847 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Westfield (I72)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 932 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 36
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3000 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

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: 40.048889, -86.157778 (est)

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