Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Glasair I RG, N118CV: Accident occurred January 06, 2020 near Mount Sterling-Montgomery County Airport (KIOB), Kentucky

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 


Location: Mount Sterling, KY
Accident Number: ERA20LA069
Date & Time: 01/06/2020, 1724 EST
Registration: N118CV
Aircraft: Stoddard Hamilton GLASAIR
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 6, 2020, at 1724 eastern standard time, an experimental amateur-built Glasair I RG, N118CV, was destroyed during a forced landing following a total loss of engine power while maneuvering in the traffic pattern at Mount Sterling-Montgomery Airport (IOB), Mount Sterling, Kentucky. The private pilot/owner was seriously injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight which originated at IOB about 1635 and was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

In a series of interviews with a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aviation safety inspector, the pilot said that after takeoff from IOB, his home airport, he remained in the traffic pattern and performed "several" touch and go landings. He then departed the pattern, flew about 20 miles to a nearby airport, landed, and then departed for the return flight to IOB, where he landed to a full stop, taxied back, and performed another takeoff.

Shortly after takeoff, the engine stopped producing power while the propeller continued to "windmill." The pilot said he rotated the fuel selector from the "main tank" to the "header tank" position where he left it, and that he turned the electric fuel boost pump on, but engine power was not restored. The pilot maneuvered the airplane back toward IOB but struck trees and terrain before the airplane came to rest in an abandoned highway rest-stop area.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single engine land. He completed the FAA Basic Medical course September 2, 2019. The pilot reported 591.1 total hours of flight experience, of which 361.8 hours were in the accident airplane make and model.

According to FAA records, the airplane was manufactured in 2008 and was powered by a Superior XP-320-B1AC2 160-horsepower engine. Its most recent condition inspection was completed January 3, 2020 at 405.1 total aircraft hours, and the airplane had accrued .8 hours since that date. According to the owner, the airplane's average fuel consumption rate in cruise flight was 8 gallons per hour.

At 1735, the weather recorded at IOB included clear skies, calm winds, and 10 miles visibility. The temperature was 5°C, and the dew point was -1°C. The altimeter setting was 30.23 inches of mercury.

The pilot did not report anything wrong with the performance and handling of the airplane other than the loss of engine power.

Examination of the wreckage was performed by two FAA aviation safety inspectors at the accident site, and at the pilot/owner's hangar after recovery of the airplane. Both wings and the structure beneath the engine and cockpit were destroyed by impact. The cockpit, canopy, cabin, empennage, and tail sections all appeared intact. The fuel selector was found in the "Off" position and could not be rotated by hand where the airplane came to rest.

The two main fuel tanks were voided by impact and the 9-gallon header tank was "ruptured beneath the pickup line" and contained no fuel. The fuel system was damaged by impact, but continuity of the system was confirmed from the main tanks and the header tank through the fuel selector both visually and with compressed air. The gascolator and fuel screens were inspected, and they were clear and absent of debris.

During a conversation with an FAA inspector about the fuel system and his fuel management, the pilot was "adamant" that he positioned the selector in the header-tank position prior to the accident and added that he had to "raise the gate" prior to moving the selector.

The airplane was placed on jacks and suspended by an engine hoist. Due to impact damage, all three propeller blades were cut to matching lengths. Fuel was plumbed to the carburetor from an external tank and a substitute switch was used in lieu of the impact-damaged ignition switch. An engine start was attempted, and the engine started immediately, accelerated smoothly and ran continuously without interruption until stopped with the ignition switch. The engine was restarted, and it ran smoothly through a magneto check that confirmed operation of both magnetos, before the engine was stopped again.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Stoddard Hamilton
Registration: N118CV
Model/Series: GLASAIR RG
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: KIOB, 1019 ft msl
Observation Time: 1735 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 5°C / -1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.23 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Mount Sterling, KY (IOB)
Destination: Mount Sterling, KY (IOB)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 38.075000, -83.979444

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Kentucky (WKYT) - The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office says a small plane has crashed in the county.

It happened just before 5:30 p.m. Monday near the 108-mile marker on Interstate 64 near the old rest area. It's also close to the Mt. Sterling-Montgomery County Airport.

The sheriff's office tells WKYT the pilot was attempting to land at that airport when the plane lost power.

Investigators say he radioed the tower, saying he was going to crash land. The pilot clipped some trees before landing.

Investigators say only the pilot was on board, and he has a leg injury.

Dr. Kelly Johnson, of Lexington, drove past the crash and said it looked like a single-engine aircraft tried to land on the interstate.

Johnson said the plane looked like it made a hard landing in the mud.

Johnson also heard sirens as first responders made their way to the scene.

Story and video ➤ https://www.wkyt.com

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Kentucky (LEX 18) — An aircraft is down near I-64 at a former rest area off mile marker 108 in Montgomery County.

First responders are on scene after a single-engine plane landed off the highway.

Montgomery County Sheriff has confirmed that there are no deaths.

The pilot of the aircraft is okay and was transported to the hospital.

According to officials, the pilot was practicing touch-and-go landing. The pilot is experienced and has to practice touch-and-go landing to keep his certification.

The pilot realized he was having some type of engine failure and was trying to get to the airport.

The pilot was able to get out of the aircraft and was helped by Good Samaritans who got off the exit to help.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.lex18.com

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