Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Aircraft Propeller Contact With Person: Air Creation Tanarg, N837TB; accident occurred May 16, 2020 at Buckeye Municipal Airport (KBXK), Maricopa County, Arizona

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Buckeye, Arizona
Accident Number: WPR20CA150
Date & Time: May 16, 2020, 05:47 Local
Registration: N837TB
Aircraft: Air Creation TANARG
Aircraft Damage: None
Defining Event: AC/prop/rotor contact w person
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The accident pilot had been preforming touch and go landings with several trike pilots when he decided to land and talk to another trike pilot on the ground. After landing and setting the parking brake, he exited his trike with the engine still running, to go talk to the other pilot. When he returned to his trike, it had started to move, and he chased after it. As he neared the trike, he attempted to reach around to the right rear strut with his left hand, to stop it. However, the pilot did not see the rear mounted propeller, and his left-hand fingers were struck by the propeller and he was seriously injured. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions 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 failure of the pilot to adequately maintain a safe distance from the airplane's propeller, which resulted in a serious injury when the propeller struck his hand.


Personnel issues Decision making/judgment - Pilot
Personnel issues Situational awareness - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Standing-engine(s) operating AC/prop/rotor contact w person (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Sport Pilot 
Age: 66, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: None
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: None
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport pilot
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: June 27, 2019
Flight Time: (Estimated) 183 hours (Total, all aircraft), 98 hours (Total, this make and model), 142 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 29 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 13 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Air Creation
Registration: N837TB
Model/Series: TANARG
Aircraft Category: Weight-shift
Year of Manufacture: 2005
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental light sport (Special)
Serial Number: T05010
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: January 25, 2020 100 hour 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1029 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 397 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 921L
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 80 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: KBXK,1021 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 12:35 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 144°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility: 6 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 340°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 29.81 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Buckeye, AZ (BXK) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Buckeye, AZ (BXK) 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 05:30 Local
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1032 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 35 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5500 ft / 75 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: None
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 33.420555,-112.686111(est)

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