Sunday, February 02, 2020

Glasair Sportsman GS-2, N24EP: Accident occurred November 09, 2019 near Huntsville Municipal Airport (H34), Madison County, Arkansas

View of substantial damage to the right wing and fuselage.
Federal Aviation Administration

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Huntsville, AR
Accident Number: GAA20CA064
Date & Time: 11/09/2019, 0945 CST
Registration: N24EP
Aircraft: New Glasair SPORTSMAN GS-2
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, during the takeoff roll from a wet turf runway, the airplane encountered mud, and veered left. He applied aft pressure to the stick and the airplane climbed into ground-effect. The pilot "pulled up" and attempted to climb out of ground effect, but the airplane descended and collided with trees.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and the fuselage.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 57, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/13/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/09/2019
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 711 hours (Total, all aircraft), 32 hours (Total, this make and model), 711 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 32 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 32 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: New Glasair
Registration: N24EP
Model/Series: SPORTSMAN GS-2 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2018
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 7466
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/01/2019, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2500 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 62 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: YIO-390-EXP
Registered Owner: Bray-Bryn Llc
Rated Power: 210 hp
Operator: Bray-Bryn Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KASG, 1353 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1548 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 287°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 10 knots / 15 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 230°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.21 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C / 3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Huntsville, AR (H34)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Lakeview, AR (3M0)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0945 CST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Huntsville Muni (H34)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 1747 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Soft; Wet
Runway Used: 21
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 1250 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 36.078056, -93.755000 (est)

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