Sunday, July 12, 2020

Hard Landing: Manta 503, N980WC; accident occurred July 09, 2020 at Ramona Airport (KRNM), San Diego County, California

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego, California

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Ramona, CA
Accident Number: WPR20CA255
Date & Time: 07/09/2020, 1100 PDT
Registration: N980WC
Aircraft: Air Creation/Sides Rick A MANTA 503
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event:Hard landing
Injuries:1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The solo student pilot of a weight shift control aircraft reported that, while on final approach to land, turbulence increased with a moderate crosswind. The student pilot increased the approach speed to compensate for the turbulence. On touch down the aircraft bounced about 3 ft and he attempted to compensate for the turbulence and crosswind and forced the aircraft down. The aircraft was not aligned with the runway heading on the second touch down and the nose wheel dug in. The aircraft subsequently nosed over.

The aircraft sustained substantial damage to the wing.

The student pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age:58, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied:Front
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 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated) 278 hours (Total, all aircraft), 12 hours (Total, this make and model), 180 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 7 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 7 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Air Creation/Sides Rick A
Registration: N980WC
Model/Series: MANTA 503 No Series
Aircraft Category: Weight-Shift
Year of Manufacture: 2008
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: M503-08-002
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/01/2019, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 900 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 344 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 503DCSI
Registered Owner:On file
Rated Power: 65 hp
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: KRNM, 1393 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1816 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 207°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 300°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.91 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 10°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Hemet, CA (HMT)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Ramona, CA (KRNM)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1015 PDT
Type of Airspace:Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Ramona (KRNM)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1386 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 27
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5001 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries:1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 33.039167, -116.915278 (est)

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