Friday, May 22, 2020

Loss of Control in Flight: Sport 1000, N7013W; accident occurred May 5, 2020 in Little Falls, Morrison County, Minnesota

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Little Falls, Minnesota
Accident Number: CEN20CA177
Date & Time: May 5, 2020, 12:35 Local 
Registration: N7013W
Aircraft: M-SQUARED Sport 1000 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The uncertificated pilot stated that he replaced the wing and control surface skins of the airplane and planned to perform a test flight. He said that shortly after adding power, the airplane "jumped up" 15 ft off the ground and drifted away from the runway centerline. The pilot applied corrective control inputs to return the airplane back to runway centerline and then applied full engine power to initiate a go-around. About 100 ft agl, the airplane banked hard to the left. The pilot applied right aileron control input but was unable to reduce the bank. The airplane descended and impacted the ground about 200 yards from the end of the runway. The pilot stated that there were no engine-related mechanical anomalies. The flight controls were subject to impact damage; however, the damage was consistent with failures associated with overload due to ground impact and not a failure in flight.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The uncertificated pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control during takeoff, which resulted in an impact with terrain.


Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Personnel issues Qualification/certification - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Takeoff Loss of control in flight (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: None 
Age: 53, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: Unknown
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: 6.5 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: M-SQUARED
Registration: N7013W
Model/Series: Sport 1000
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1997 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental (Special) 
Serial Number: 1003
Landing Gear Type: Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
Engine Model/Series: 582
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 65 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: LXL 
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 17:26 Local
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Visibility:  10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 10000 ft AGL
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 340° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C / 1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Little Falls, MN (LXL)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Little Falls, MN (LXL)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace: Unknown

Airport Information

Airport: Little Falls/Morrison County-L LXL
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1122 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 31 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4010 ft / 75 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 45.949443,-94.346946(est)