Saturday, January 18, 2020

Rans S-12XL Airaile, N73KA: Accident occurred January 16, 2020 at Arthur Dunn Airpark (X21), Titusville, Brevard County, Florida

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Location: Titusville, FL

Accident Number: ERA20LA079
Date & Time: 01/16/2020, 1330 EST
Registration: N73KA
Aircraft: RANS S12
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On January 16, 2020, about 1330 eastern standard time, an experimental amateur-built RANS S12XL, N73KA, was substantially damaged during a forced landing at Arthur Dunn Air Park (X21), Titusville, Florida. The private pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The airplane was owned and operated by the pilot as a personal flight under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the pilot, during the initial climb after takeoff about 200 ft above ground level, the engine experienced a total loss of power. The pilot made a descending turn to the left, while maintaining 60 mph. After making a 180° turn, the pilot attempted to level the airplane and flare to land. The nose gear and left main gear impacted the ground. The airplane flipped over inverted and came to rest on top of the wings.

Examination of the airplane revealed that the cockpit and fuselage cage was crushed upward. Both horizontal stabilizers were bent upwarp and buckled. The airplane was removed from the airfield for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: RANS
Registration: N73KA
Model/Series:S12 XL
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: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KX21, 30 ft msl
Observation Time: 1325 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 4000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 50°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.25 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Titusville, FL (X21)
Destination: Titusville, FL (X21)

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: 28.622500, -80.835278 (est)

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