Friday, February 28, 2020

Arion Lightning, N1XF: Accident occurred February 26, 2020 in Jerome County, Idaho -and- Incident occurred August 24, 2018 in Cambridge, Dorchester County, Maryland

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

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Jerome, ID
Accident Number: WPR20LA096
Date & Time: 02/26/2020, 1645 MST
Registration: N1XF
Aircraft: Lightning Avion Eab LLC Arion Lightning
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On February 26, 2020 about 1645 mountain standard time, an Arion Lightning airplane, N1XF, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Jerome, Idaho. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that during the long cross country flight he conducted fuel calculations throughout the flight. About 25 nautical miles from his intended destination, he calculated 6.3 gallons remaining (4.3 usable) for about 38-40 minutes of flight. Shortly thereafter, the engine sputtered and quit. He turned off the right tank fuel selector and turned on the left tank fuel selector. In addition, he reduced the airspeed to 75 knots, turned off autopilot and redirected to Jerome County Airport (JER), Jerome, Idaho. The engine ran again for several seconds before it sputtered again. Both fuel selector valves were set to the on position, and shortly thereafter he switched to just the left fuel tank. The engine ran momentarily, but subsequently sputtered and quit. Unable to make it to the airport, the pilot elected to land on a nearby roadway. However, as the airplane descended, he observed fences on both sides of the road and made a left turn to a nearby field. As he turned, the left wing stalled and the airplane impacted the ground.

The airplane has been recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Lightning Avion Eab LLC
Registration: N1XF
Model/Series: Arion Lightning
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: JER, 4053 ft msl
Observation Time: 1653 MST
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C / -8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 7000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 320°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 12000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.34 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Worland, WY (WRL)
Destination: Gooding, ID (GNG)

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: 42.759722, -114.371667 (est)

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

August 24, 2018:   Landed in a field for unknown reasons.

Lightning Avion EAB LLC

Date: 24-AUG-18
Time: 18:20:00Z
Regis#: N1XF
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

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