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Velocity Elite RG, N78BM: Accident occurred October 06, 2020 and Incident occurred January 14, 2020

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 

Barraza Marin & Associates LLC doing business as Barraza-Marin Group

Location: Lady Lake, FL 
Accident Number: ERA21LA009
Date & Time: October 6, 2020, 15:30 Local
Registration: N78BM
Aircraft: Velocity Elite 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:

On October 6, 2020, about 1530 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Velocity Elite RG, N78BM, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Lady Lake, Florida. The airline transport pilot incurred minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that he purchased fuel and departed with 31 gallons on an instrument flight rules flight from Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV), Gainesville, Florida to Executive Airport (ORL), Orlando, Florida. About 20 minutes into the flight, the pilot descended the airplane from 7,000 ft mean sea level (msl) to 3,000 ft msl, to fly below some convective cloud buildup. About 1 to 2 minutes after leveling the airplane at 3,000 ft msl, the engine lost all power without any unusual sounds. The pilot verified adequate fuel and that the mixture and throttle were in the correct positions; however, he was unable to restart the engine. With the assistance of air traffic control, the pilot attempted to glide the airplane to Leesburg International Airport (LEE), Leesburg, Florida, but soon realized that the airplane would not glide the full distance to the airport. The pilot subsequently landed in a field and the airplane struck a fence before coming to rest upright, resulting in damage to the wings and fuselage.

The airplane was assembled in 1997 and equipped with a Franklin engine manufactured that same year. At the time of the accident, the airframe and engine had accumulated about 467 hours since new. The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Velocity
Registration: N78BM
Model/Series: Elite RG
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: LEE,76 ft msl
Observation Time: 15:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C /23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 4300 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 80°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Gainesville, FL (GNV)
Destination: Orlando, FL (ORL)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 28.929167,81.930833 (est)

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

Aircraft aborted takeoff and went off end of runway with nose in the water at Albert Whitted Airport (KSPG), St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Florida.

Date: 14-JAN-20
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N78BM
Aircraft Make: VELOCITY
Aircraft Model: ELITE
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91

ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- A small plane carrying three people went off the runway and ended up on near the water in St. Petersburg Tuesday.

St. Petersburg Fire Rescue responded to Albert Whitted Airport at 500 8th Avenue Southeast around 3 p.m. Upon arrival, emergency crews found a small personal plane that had crashed at the end of the runway.

All three people on board were not injured, firefighters say. It is unknown if the plane was taking off or landing.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Firefighters say they did not see any fuel spills or leaks on the plane after it crashed.

The Federal Aviation Administration released the following statement:

"A Velocity Elite aircraft lost engine power and veered off the runway at Albert Whitted Airport in Saint Petersburg, Fl., today about 3 pm. The aircraft was towed back to the ramp. Three people were aboard. The FAA will investigate."

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