Thursday, December 26, 2019

Nose Over: Kitfox Super Sport, N26LD; accident occurred August 09, 2018 in Hunter, Greene County, New York

View of damaged rudder. 
Federal Aviation Administration

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albany, New York

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Hunter, NY
Accident Number: GAA18CA515
Date & Time: 08/09/2018, 1910 EDT
Registration: N26LD
Aircraft: DELL LAWRENCE Kitfox
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Inspector reported that the pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane made a precautionary landing on an open field because of low fuel. During the landing roll, the airplane nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the rudder.

After multiple attempts, the pilot did not submit the National Transportation Safety Board Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Report Form 6120.1.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 64, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
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: 12/01/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: DELL LAWRENCE
Registration: N26LD
Model/Series: Kitfox Super Sport
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2010
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Other; Experimental
Serial Number: KA08184136
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
Engine Model/Series: O-200 Series
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: KALB, 292 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 33 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2251 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 38°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 21000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 10 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 290°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.81 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 15°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Jamestown, NY (JHW)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Hudson, NY (1B1)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace: Class G

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: 42.316667, -74.266667 (est)


  1. Perhaps notifying the FAA was not on the top of his priority list.
    What a novel notion.

  2. Let's just keep this one under our hats, OK?

  3. May not be high on the priority list, but don’t expect to keep your license if you fail to follow the rules.