Friday, December 27, 2019

Landing Gear Collapse: Rans S-6S Coyote II, N107SJ; accident occurred August 19, 2018 in Painton, Stoddard County, Missouri

View of damaged engine truss and mount.

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; St. Louis, Missouri

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket  - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Painton, MO
Accident Number: GAA18CA518
Date & Time: 08/19/2018, 1351 CDT
Registration: N107SJ
Aircraft: Rans RANS S6S
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear collapse
Injuries: 2 Minor 
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, during landing, the airplane bounced and landed hard with a nose down attitude. The propeller stuck the ground, the airplane slid and came to rest nosed down.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine truss and mount.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Sport Pilot
Age: 73, Male
Airplane Rating(s): 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: Sport Pilot None
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 97 hours (Total, all aircraft), 19 hours (Total, this make and model), 15 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Rans
Registration: N107SJ
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2010
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 07041601
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/01/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 422 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 912ULS
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power:100 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: KCGI, 352 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2353 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 52°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:   10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 120°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.86 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 22°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Dexter, MO (DXE)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Painton, MO (PVT)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1315 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: PVT (PVT)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 300 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry; Vegetation
Runway Used: 18
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2500 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 37.086389, -89.793889 (est)

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