Thursday, March 05, 2020

Flight Design CTLS, N505MA: Accident occurred March 04, 2020 in Encino, Torrance County, New Mexico

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Encino, NM

Accident Number: WPR20LA098
Date & Time: 03/04/2020, 1240 MST
Registration: N505MA
Aircraft: Flight Design CTLS
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On March 4, 2020, about 1240 mountain standard time, a Flight Design CTLS airplane, N505MA, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain following a partial loss of engine power near Encino, New Mexico. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to an individual and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, and no flight plan was filed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight that originated from Moriarty Municipal Airport (0E0), Moriarty, New Mexico,

During preflight, the pilot conducted a visual fuel level check through the sight gauges in each wing. He determined that right wing had 7 gallons of fuel and the left wing had 6 gallons of fuel which he deemed was enough for a one-hour local flight. About 35 minutes after take-off, the engine started to "surge". The pilot manipulated the throttle lever several times, but there were no corresponding responses from the engine. The pilot elected to land on a nearby road; however, as he turned from base to final for the road, the engine "surged to life." The landing gear contacted the grass, and the airplane subsequently came to rest inverted.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Flight Design
Registration: N505MA
Model/Series: CTLS Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:No 
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held:None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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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
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