Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Lost of Control in Flight: Unregistered Lazair II and Uncertificated Pilot; accident occurred August 15, 2018 in Racine, Meigs County, Ohio

Main Wreckage
Federal Aviation Administration

Switch Positions 
Federal Aviation Administration

UPS Label and Tracking Receipt for NTSB 6120 Request Letter

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cincinnati, Ohio

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

Location: Racine, OH
Accident Number: CEN18LA338
Date & Time: 08/15/2018, 1700 EDT
Aircraft: LAZAIR II
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - 

On August 15, 2018, at 1700 eastern daylight time, an experimental Lazair II airplane, unregistered (previously C-IFRY), impacted terrain during an unknown phase of flight near Racine, Ohio. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces. The uncertificated pilot and a passenger were uninjured. The airplane was owned and operated by the pilot under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight that was not operating on a flight plan. The flight originated from an unknown location at an unknown time.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors from the Cincinnati Flight Standards District Office went to the scene and photo documented the accident site. An examination of the airplane was not performed. Photos showed that the left and right master switches were in the ON position and the fuel pump switch was in the OFF position. The wreckage and wreckage distribution were consistent with a steep nose-down impact attitude with no ground scarring preceding the wreckage. The pilot did not respond to correspondence from FAA inspectors and did not provide a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Pilot/Operator Aircraft Incident/Accident Report, form 6120.1, which had been sent to the pilot by the NTSB Investigator-in-Charge. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: None
Age: 27, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied:Unknown 
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: None
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot:No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: LAZAIR
Registration: UNREGESTERED
Model/Series: II
Aircraft Category: Ultralight
Year of Manufacture: 1984
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate:
Serial Number: B032
Landing Gear Type: Tandem
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: JPX PUL 425
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: Unregistered
Rated Power: 26 hp
Operator: Pilot
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: UNI, 766 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 1815 EDT
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 19°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: Private (None)
Runway Surface Type:N/A 
Airport Elevation:577 ft 
Runway Surface Condition:
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 38.978611, -81.909722 (est)

RACINE — A Lazair II experimental aircraft crashed on August 15th, 2018 in the area of Bashan Road and Tornado Road in Racine sending two people to the hospital via medical helicopter.

According to a news release from the Ohio State Highway Patrol Gallipolis Post, the aircraft was piloted by Beau Diddle, 27, of Racine, with passenger Bryce Bowling, 29 of Pomeroy.

Both men sustained incapacitating injuries and were flown to Cabell Huntington Hospital.

The aircraft was flying northbound when it reportedly lost power and crashed into a yard along Bashan Road. Ohio State Highway Patrol, Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, Racine Volunteer Fire Department, Meigs EMS, Federal Aviation Administration, Meigs EMA and other first responders were on the scene. Two medical helicopters were also at the scene. According to a release, the roadway was closed for two hours as a result of the crash. The crash remains under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.


RACINE, Ohio – A Lazair II aircraft crashed just off Bashan Road in the Tackerville area of Racine, Ohio.  Two people have been flown via Med Flight 3 and Med Flight 6 to Cabell-Huntington Hospital. The extent of their injuries has not been released. The call came in around just before 5 p.m. that the crash had taken place. Racine Fire Department responded to the scene along with Meigs EMS and Meigs EMA. Additionally, Meigs County Sheriff’s Deputies and Sheriff Keith Wood were on scene. The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Both lanes of the roadway were closed for approximately an hour and a half. They have since been reopened to traffic.



  1. If the pilot was uncertificated and the aircraft was unregistered, this flight absolutely was NOT "operated...under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91," or any other part of the CFR. Which is exactly the point.

  2. Lock 'em up!

    "...it is an ultralight, albeit an illegal one for a number of reasons. I will send him a letter. We have no record of the flying person being a certificated pilot. My intent is to contact him and educate him about the Canadian registration, 2 place ultralights not being legal in the United States, etc. The aircraft looks like a total wreck from the pictures so I doubt he will be flying it again."

  3. Sounds like a total knob end putting others at risk.