Friday, July 24, 2020

Loss of Control in Flight: Q-2, N85BJ; accident occurred July 11, 2020 at Preston Airport (U10), Franklin County, Idaho

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Preston, ID
Accident Number:WPR20CA221
Date & Time: 07/11/2020, 1155 MDT
Registration: N85BJ
Aircraft: QUICKIE Q2
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot in the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that during the takeoff roll, about two-thirds of the way down the runway at rotation speed of 70 mph, the airplane was not lifting off as normal. At 75 mph nothing was changing so the pilot attempted to place the airplane into ground effect, "something I learned to do in other types but not this plane." The pilot recalled that he added "too much forward stick" and the airplane porpoised, ascended and rolled to the right. The pilot leveled the wings, however, the airplane descended and collided with terrain. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings, canard, and the empennage.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The pilot further reported that he did not accomplish any performance planning for the atmospheric conditions before the flight. At the time of the accident, the density altitude was calculated at 6,977ft.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 57, 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: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/09/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:06/28/2020
Flight Time: (Estimated) 178.1 hours (Total, all aircraft), 5 hours (Total, this make and model), 66.1 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 35.2 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 20.4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: QUICKIE
Registration: N85BJ
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2020
Amateur Built:Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number:2438
Landing Gear Type:Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/18/2020, Continuous Airworthiness
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1060 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Revmaster
ELT: C91 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 2100D
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 75 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: KLGU, 4454 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 19 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1751 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 172°
Lowest Cloud Condition:Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction:360°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.23 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Nampa, ID (MAN)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Rock Springs, WY (RKS)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 0700 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: PRESTON (U10)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 4728 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 21
IFR Approach:None
Runway Length/Width: 3457 ft / 50 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

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: 42.106944, -111.912500 (est)

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