Saturday, January 18, 2020

Abnormal Runway Contact: Airborne Edge XT-912-L, N805M; accident occurred January 13, 2020 at Hawthorne Municipal Airport (KHHR), Los Angeles County, California

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board


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

Location: Hawthorne, CA
Accident Number: WPR20CA064
Date & Time: 01/13/2020, 1230 PST
Registration: N805M
Aircraft: AIRBORNE XT912
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The student pilot reported that while on approach for landing, the airplane encountered a crosswind gust near the ground. The pilot attempted to abort the landing, however, he could not arrest the descent and the airplane touched down hard on the runway on all three wheels. The airplane briefly became airborne and hit the runway hard again severing the left rear wheel. As a result of the impact, there was substantial damage to the airframe.

The pilot stated that there were no mechanical anomalies with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The pilot reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was light and variable. The airport's automated weather observation station reported that the wind was calm.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 33, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present:
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 18 hours (Total, all aircraft), 18 hours (Total, this make and model), 3 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 9 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AIRBORNE
Registration: N805M
Model/Series: XT912 L
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2008
Amateur Built:No 
Airworthiness Certificate: Special Light-Sport
Serial Number: XT-912-0284
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/24/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 992 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 313 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 912
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 80 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: HHR
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 1153 PST
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 6°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Hawthorne, CA (HHR)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Hawthorne, CA (HHR)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1215 PST
Type of Airspace: Air Traffic Control; Class D

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 65 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 25
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4884 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Stop and Go; Traffic Pattern

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: 33.923333, -118.337500 (est)

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