Thursday, July 02, 2020

Evektor-Aerotechnik SportStar, N820NG: Fatal accident occurred July 01, 2020 at Leeward Air Ranch Airport (FD04), Marion County, Florida

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

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

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

Location: Ocala, FL
Accident Number: ERA20LA234
Date & Time: 07/01/2020, 1030 EDT
Registration: N820NG
Aircraft: Evektor Aerotechnik SPORTSTAR
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On July 1, 2020, about 1030 eastern daylight time, an Evektor-Aerotechnik Sportstar, N820NG, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Leeward Air Ranch Airport (FD04), Ocala, Florida. The sport pilot was fatally injured. The light sport airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to local law enforcement officials, the pilot was returning to her home airfield following a morning flight to Williston, Florida. A witness reported that the airplane was landing on runway 18; however, it was higher than normal on final approach. The airplane touched down "quite a way" down the runway and bounced twice. The airplane then banked to the left and went out of sight at the left side of the runway. Another witness observed the airplane touch down on the nose wheel. It then bounced, flipped, and landed upside down.

An inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. The wreckage was found inverted and there was no fire. The fuselage and both wings were structurally damaged.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Evektor Aerotechnik
Registration: N820NG
Model/Series: SPORTSTAR No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: KOCF, 87 ft msl
Observation Time: 1051 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 24°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2800 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 320°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Williston, FL (X60)
Destination: Ocala, FL (FD04) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 29.092500, -82.031944 (est)

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Ellen LeViere Navolio

Ellen LeViere Navolio, 78, of Leeward Air Ranch, Ocala, Florida, formerly of Zelienople, Pennsylvania, passed away unexpectedly on  July 1st, 2020 in Ocala, Florida.

She was the daughter of the late Ellen Elluinger Miller and late Donald (Chummy) LeViere.

Ellen was a 1960 graduate of Zelienople High School and a retired employee of the Kentucky Department of Insurance. She enjoyed flying (becoming a pilot at 73 years old) and ballroom dancing. She will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by her friends and family.

Ellen is survived by her soulmate, Richard Zeitler, of Inverness, FL; her cousins, Elaine (Ed) Wolford, of Zelienople, PA, Mary Ellen (Andy) Maslaney, of Hayes, VA, Jacque (Mike) Gray, of Fombell, PA, Judi (Steve) Dragun, of Pittsburgh, PA, David (Michelle) Elluinger, of Zelienople, PA, and Bette (Howard) Wenk, of Cuyahoga Falls, OH.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her cousin, Christine Thomas.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on July 19th, 2020 at the Zelienople Community Mausoleum, Zelienople, Pennsylvania, where she will be laid to rest.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Boylan Funeral Home, Inc., 324 E. Grandview Ave., Zelienople, PA 16063. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at

Marion County Sheriff's Office

The deceased person in yesterday’s crash has been identified as 78-year-old Ellen Navolio.

Marion County Fire Rescue

At 10:31 MCFR units were dispatched to a plane crash located at Leeward Air Ranch, located on SE 72d Ave, Ocala. The 911 caller reported that a small aircraft crashed while attempting to land. He could see that that pilot was inside the cockpit. Crews from MCFR Belleview Station 18, Spruce Creek Station 30 and Silver Springs Shores Station 17 were assigned to the call.

District Captain #3 was the first MCFR unit to arrive on scene at 10:38am, reporting a small plane upside down with the pilot inside. Unfortunately the pilot was declared deceased at that time. Firefighters on scene mitigated a fuel leak on the airplane, securing it until the plane wreckage is removed.

MCFR turned the scene over to Marion County Sheriff’s Office. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were called in to investigate.

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