Friday, February 21, 2020

Van's RV-8A, N7736T: Accident occurred February 15, 2020 at Columbus-Lowndes County Airport (KUBS), Mississippi

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Jackson, Mississippi

NTSB Identification: CEN20CA087
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, February 15, 2020 in Columbus, MS
Aircraft: Vans RV8, registration: N7736T

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft during hand start rolled in a hangar and caught fire. 

Date: 15-FEB-20
Time: 13:00:00Z
Regis#: N7736T
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV8
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: STANDING (STD)
Operation: 91

A pilot suffered minor injuries and an Van's RV-8A amateur built experimental aircraft was destroyed when it struck an aircraft hangar at the Columbus-Lowndes County Airport and caught fire Saturday morning. 

The pilot was attempting to prime the Van's RV-8A engine by manually moving the propeller when the engine started unexpectedly. The pilot was not in the plane when it collided with the hangar. He refused medical treatment. 

"This was not an intentional start of the engine," Airport Manager Jared Rabren said in the press release. 

The plane's registered owner is Nicholas Ervin of Valdosta, Georgia, according to the Federal Aviation Administration website. 

Officials have notified the National Transportation Safety Board. The airport remains open. 

City officials did not identify the pilot, other than to say he is licensed by the Federal Aviation Administration and lives in Columbus. 

Columbus Fire and Rescue Chief Martin Andrews said the parking brake was set but didn't hold. 

"The plane moved forward, turned to the right, struck an electrical panel, then another airplane hangar building and caught fire," he said. "Reports are the plane never left the ground." 

Firefighters contained the blaze, but the hangar suffered "major damage" the press release said. City Public Information Officer Joe Dillon said officials will have a better idea of the cost of repairs later this week. 

"It could have been a lot worse," Andrews said in the press release. "We are glad the pilot and no one else was seriously injured during the accident. The plane is destroyed, and the building can be repaired, but safety for human lives is most important."

Original article can be found here ➤

COLUMBUS, Mississippi (WTVA)- A man suffered minor injuries after his Van's RV-8A experimental aircraft crashed at the Columbus-Lowndes County Airport around 7 a.m. Saturday morning.

Columbus City Spokesperson Joe Dillon said the pilot was trying to warm up the Van's RV-8A engine by manually turning to propeller.

According to Airport Manager Jared Rabren the plane's engine started unexpectedly.

"This was not an intentional start of the engine," Rabren said. "It had been down in the 20-degrees temperature overnight and he was simply priming the engine, not intending to start it."

The plane never left the ground, but crashed into a nearby aircraft hangar and caught fire.

The pilot was not inside the plane.

Columbus Fire and Rescue put out the flames within minutes of arriving. Responders used special training to put out the flames.

Dillon said the crash destroyed the plane and severely damaged the hangar. The plane also hit a nearby building, but the building will be able to be repaired.

Original article can be found here ➤

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