Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Nose Over: Kitfox IV, N58CD: Accident occurred November 30, 2019 in Williamston, Ingham County, Michigan

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Belleville, Michigan

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

Location: Williamston, Michigan 
Accident Number: CEN20CA027
Date & Time: November 30, 2019, 11:00 Local 
Registration: N58CD
Aircraft: Skystar Kitfox 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot stated that he landed the airplane on a harvested field in an area that he had walked the day before. When he attempted to take off from a different location than the previous landing, the airplane encountered high wheel resistance due to the soft, wet ground, and he aborted the takeoff. The pilot stated that he had not walked or inspected the area where the takeoff attempt was conducted. While attempting to taxi to the previous landing location, dirt and mud collected on the main landing gear (MLG) between the MLG leg and the tire, which caused the wheel to lock up as if the brakes had been applied. The pilot attempted to reduce engine power, but the airplane slowly nosed over, which resulted in substantial damage to the wings, fuselage, and vertical tail. The pilot reported that there was no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions of the braking system and that the tires stopped rotating due to the dirt and mud between the MLG leg and the tire.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's improper decision to continue taxiing the airplane on unsuitable terrain, which resulted in a nose-over.


Personnel issues Decision making/judgment - Pilot
Environmental issues Soft surface - Effect on operation
Environmental issues Soft surface - Decision related to condition

Factual Information

History of Flight

Taxi Miscellaneous/other
Taxi Attempted remediation/recovery
Taxi Nose over/nose down (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private 
Age: 47,Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider 
Restraint Used: 4-point
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: May 8, 2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 75 hours (Total, all aircraft), 15 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Skystar 
Registration: N58CD
Model/Series: Kitfox IV 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1992
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental (Special)
Serial Number: 1458
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel 
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: December 28, 2018 Condition 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1050 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 433 Hrs as of last inspection 
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 582UL
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 65 Horsepower
Operator: Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: ETW,919 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 88 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 15:55 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 37°
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 1300 ft AGL
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots / 14 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 90°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 2°C / -1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Gregory, MI (69G )
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Williamston, MI
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 10:15 Local
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  42.686111,-84.313056

WHEATFIELD TOWNSHIP, Michigan (WILX) -- Ingham County Deputies responded to an overturned airplane in a field near Zimmer Rd and Jack Pine Drive in Wheatfield Township.

The airplane had flipped while attempting to take flight.

The 47 year old pilot from Williamston was not injured and the plane had very little damage.

There were no passengers.

According to deputies, the field contained ruts and may have impaired the plane from getting airborne.

The FAA was contacted by the Sheriff’s Office.

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

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