Saturday, December 21, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Zenith CH750 Cruzer, N947DS; accident occurred December 08, 2018 at Hesperia Airport (L26), San Bernardino County, California


Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Hesperia, CA
Accident Number: GAA19CA090
Date & Time: 12/08/2018, 1000 PST
Registration: N947DS
Aircraft: Zenair CH 750 CRUZER
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that he planned to land close to the numbers, but about 15 feet above the ground, the airplane descended unexpectedly. He added power and pitched the nose down, but the nose wheel touched down hard. The airplane began to porpoise, so he increased the throttle to full, but the airplane veered left, exited the runway, and impacted an empty hangar.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Sport Pilot
Age: 71, 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
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/14/2017
Flight Time: (Estimated) 25 hours (Total, all aircraft), 315 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Zenair
Registration: N947DS
Model/Series: CH 750 CRUZER No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2015
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental Light Sport
Serial Number: C75-10047
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/22/2018, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1440 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Viking
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 110
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power:
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: KAPV, 3062 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1755 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 28°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.36 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point:
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Corona, CA (AJO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Hesperia, CA (L26)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0900 PST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: HESPERIA (L26)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 3390 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 21
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3910 ft / 50 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  34.376944, -117.316111 (est)

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