Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Loss of Control in Flight: Sonex, N187PB; accident occurred June 03, 2020 at New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport (KEVB), Volusia County, Florida

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

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


Accident Number: ERA20CA204
Date & Time: 06/03/2020, 0835 EDT
Registration: N187PB
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot said he got too slow on final approach and was too low to the ground to recover. The airplane impacted wooded terrain short of the runway resulting in substantial damage to the fuselage. The pilot reported two hours of total flight time in the airplane. He said there were no mechanical issues that contributed to the accident and it was strictly "pilot error".

Pilot Information

Certificate: Sport Pilot
Age:75, 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: Sport Pilot
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/09/2017
Flight Time: 170.6 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: SONEX
Registration: N187PB
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 1187
Landing Gear Type:
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Condition
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: EVB, 10 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time:0840 EDT 
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 2000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 110°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 20°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL (EVB)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0800 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: New Smyrna Beach Muni (EVB)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 10 ft
Runway Surface Condition:Dry 
Runway Used: 11
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4319 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 29.000000, -80.948889 (est)

An experimental plane registered to a Deltona man landed in the mangroves near New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport on Wednesday morning, missing the runway and busting up the aircraft, but leaving two people largely unharmed, according to officials.

The crash landing happened sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Wednesday morning just west of the airport near Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4250 on Skyline Drive.

The New Smyrna Beach Fire Department responded to the scene.

“They came up short of the runway,” said New Smyrna Beach Fire Chief Shawn Vandemark in a phone interview Wednesday afternoon.

The occupants were not identified but Federal Aviation Administration records show the Aerovee Sonex single-engine aircraft is registered to William Barber of Deltona.


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