Monday, March 02, 2020

Aerodynamic Stall/Spin: Kitfox 7 Super Sport, N92MH; accident occurred February 28, 2020 at Kosciusko-Attala County Airport (KOSX), Mississippi

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Jackson, Mississippi

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Kosciusko, Mississippi
Accident Number: CEN20CA106
Date & Time: February 28, 2020, 15:00 Local 
Registration: N92MH
Aircraft: Kitfox 7 Super Sport 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Aerodynamic stall/spin 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that, during the takeoff roll, he lost "lateral" control when he overcorrected to the left. The airplane subsequently lifted off at too high of an angle of attack, stalled, and impacted terrain left of the runway. The fuselage just forward of the empennage sustained substantial damage. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's lifting off with the airplane at a high of angle of attack, which resulted in aerodynamic stall.


Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Aircraft Angle of attack - Not attained/maintained
Personnel issues Use of equip/system - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Takeoff Loss of control on ground
Initial climb Loss of control in flight
Initial climb Aerodynamic stall/spin (Defining event)
Initial climb Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private 
Age: 64,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: May 8, 2018
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: May 20, 2018
Flight Time: 281 hours (Total, all aircraft), 18 hours (Total, this make and model), 242 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 26 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 9 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Pilot-rated passenger Information

Certificate: Commercial; Flight instructor 
Age: 70,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Single-engine sea; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider 
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane single-engine; Glider
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: May 27, 2019
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: March 13, 2019
Flight Time: 5176 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1 hours (Total, this make and model), 5019 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 16 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 11 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Kitfox 
Registration: N92MH
Model/Series: 57 Super Sport
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2012
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental (Special)
Serial Number: KA11128197
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: June 20, 2019 Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1550 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 492 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 912ULS
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 100 Horsepower
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: 
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 10 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 330° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 29.79 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C / -2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Kosciusko, MS (KOSX)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Greenwood, MS (KGWO)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 15:00 Local
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Kosciusko-Attala County OSX
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 494 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 32 IFR
Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5009 ft / 75 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 33.057498,-89.587501(est)

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