Friday, December 27, 2019

Part Separation from Aircraft: Lockheed T-33 T-Bird, N514RH; accident occurred September 09, 2018 at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (KBJC), Broomfield, Jefferson County, Colorado

View of damaged vertical stabilizer. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado 

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Denver, CO
Accident Number: GAA18CA544
Date & Time: 09/09/2018, 1210 MDT
Registration: N514RH
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Part(s) separation from AC
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Positioning 

The pilot reported that, it was standard procedure upon landing to open the canopy slightly to aid in slowing the airplane and egress in a runway excursion event. Upon landing, the pilot activated the canopy motor to open the canopy about 2 inches, but the canopy continued to open, separated from the airframe and struck the tail.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the empennage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. The pilot added that emergency canopy release, which anchors the canopy to the airframe when the canopy motor was turned on, was inadvertently released during the flight.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor
Age: 67, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/01/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/30/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 25050 hours (Total, all aircraft), 220 hours (Total, this make and model), 22000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 100 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 25 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: HALLADAY ROY
Registration: N514RH
Model/Series: LOCKHEED T-33
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2000
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Other; Experimental
Serial Number: 001
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/22/2018, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 15000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Turbo Jet
Airframe Total Time: 207.8 Hours
Engine Manufacturer:Allison 
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: J33-A35
Registered Owner: T-33 Aviation Llc
Rated Power: 5200 lbs
Operator: T-33 Aviation Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBJC, 5595 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1847 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 179°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 10000 ft agl
Visibility:  30 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots / 14 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 90°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Denver, CO (APA)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Denver, CO (BJC)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1245 MST
Type of Airspace:Class D 

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 5673 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 12L
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 9000 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: 39.908889, -105.117222 (est)

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