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Loss of Control in Flight: Cosmos Phase III, N6466; accident occurred May 01, 2018 at Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport (KFHB), Nassau County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Fernandina Beach, FL
Accident Number: WPR18LA132
Date & Time: 05/01/2018, 0845 EDT
Registration: N6466
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries:1 Minor, 1 None 
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 1, 2018, about 0845 eastern daylight time, a weight-shift-control Cosmos Phase III, N6466, sustained substantial damage after it impacted terrain shortly after departure from Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport (FHB), Fernandina Beach, Florida. The flight instructor sustained serious injuries, and the student pilot was not injured. The aircraft was registered to and operated by the flight instructor as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated at 0830 from FHB.

In a telephone interview with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the flight instructor reported that the student pilot was manipulating the controls and flying the aircraft. During the initial climb, at about 700 ft above ground level, the airplane suddenly entered a "hard" left bank. The flight instructor took control of the aircraft, however, was unable to recover and the aircraft impacted terrain in a nose down attitude. The flight instructor does not recall if there was a mechanical anomaly, but reported that the student pilot was known to freeze on the controls and he could have been fighting him.

The student did not provide a statement as to the circumstances of the accident.

Neither the flight instructor nor the student pilot completed or submitted the NTSB Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Report Form 6120.1 to the investigator in charge.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: COSMOS
Registration: N6466
Aircraft Category: Weight-Shift
Year of Manufacture: 2003
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 1117
Landing Gear Type:
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer:
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power:
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: KFHB, 17 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0815 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 315°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 100°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.24 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 16°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Fernandina Beach, FL (FHB)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Fernandina Beach, FL (FHB)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0830 EDT
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 15 ft
Runway Surface Condition:
Runway Used: 04
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5301 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 30.611944, -81.461111 (est)

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