Monday, January 27, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Kitfox S7 Super Sport, N399A; accident occurred January 25, 2020 at Phoenix Goodyear Airport (KGYR), Maricopa County, Arizona

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Goodyear, Arizona
Accident Number: WPR20CA080
Date & Time: January 25, 2020, 08:50 Local
Registration: N399A
Aircraft: MERWIN Kitfox
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline transport; Commercial; Flight instructor
Age: 71, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Gyroplane 
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane 
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane multi-engine; Airplane single-engine; Gyroplane; Instrument airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: August 2, 2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: February 22, 2018
Flight Time: (Estimated) 14000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 5 hours (Total, this make and model), 15 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Pilot-rated passenger Information

Certificate: Private
Age:  76, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None 
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed None
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: January 25, 2020
Flight Time: (Estimated) 302 hours (Total, all aircraft), 6 hours (Total, this make and model), 302 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: MERWIN 
Registration: N399A
Model/Series: Kitfox S7 Super S 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2019 Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental light sport (Special)
Serial Number: KA12273245
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: Unknown 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 6 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: C91 installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: 912ULS
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 100 Horsepower
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KGYR,968 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 08:47 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 226°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 25000 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / 6°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Goodyear, AZ (GYR)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Goodyear, AZ (GYR) 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 08:00 Local 
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Phoenix Goodyear GYR
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 969 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 21
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 8500 ft / 150 ft VFR
Approach/Landing: Touch and go;Traffic pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 33.423332,-112.375274(est)

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