Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Skystar Kitfox Speedster, N580LD; accident occurred May 26, 2020 at Georgetown Municipal Airport (KGTU), Williamson County, Texas

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Georgetown, TX

Accident Number: CEN20CA196
Date & Time: 05/26/2020, 1015 CDT
Registration: N580LD
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The private pilot stated that during the personal flight he intended to stay in the airport traffic pattern and performed a touch-and-go landing. He said that he flew a normal approach with wing flaps halfway extended and 60 knots indicated airspeed (KIAS). Over the runway numbers, the pilot slowed the airplane to 55 KIAS and began a landing flare. The pilot said he thought the three-point landing was good, but the airplane made a hard-left turn. The airplane departed the left side of the runway into soft turf. The right wing struck terrain and the airplane nosed over resulting in substantial damage. The pilot reported there was no mechanical malfunction/failure with the airplane.

Pilot Information

Age: 69, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s):None 
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/27/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/28/2018
Flight Time:  352 hours (Total, all aircraft), 33 hours (Total, this make and model), 300 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 9 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Denney
Registration: N580LD
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1998
Amateur Built:Yes 
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: HBS043
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/01/2019, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 1026 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:  at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 912UL
Registered Owner: Pilot
Rated Power: 80 hp
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: GTU, 790 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0956 CDT
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:   10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 8500 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 290°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 19°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Georgetown, TX (GTU)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Georgetown, TX (GTU)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1000 CDT
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: Georgetown Municipal Airport (GTU)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 790 ft
Runway Surface Condition:Dry 
Runway Used:36 
IFR Approach:None 
Runway Length/Width: 5004 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Touch and Go

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries:1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 30.678889, -97.680000 (est)

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