Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Landing Gear Not Configured: Northrop F-5E Tiger II, N926TA; accident occurred August 24, 2020 at Reno-Stead Airport (KRTS), Washoe County, Nevada

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Reno, Nevada
Accident Number: WPR20CA286
Date & Time: August 24, 2020, 10:03 Local 
Registration: N926TA
Aircraft: Northrop F5 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear not configured 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline transport
Age: 47,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: 5-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: March 23, 2020
Occupational Pilot: Yes 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: June 5, 2020
Flight Time: (Estimated) 2838 hours (Total, all aircraft), 17 hours (Total, this make and model), 2350 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 17 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Northrop 
Registration: N926TA
Model/Series: F5 E 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1975 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental (Special) 
Serial Number: 75-0493
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: August 13, 2020 100 hour 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 15320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Turbo jet
Airframe Total Time: 2335.1 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: General Electric
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: J85-21C
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 5000 Lbs thrust
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: KRTS,5050 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 05:55 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 30°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: Unknown / Unknown
Altimeter Setting: 30.11 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / 6°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Reno, NV (RTS)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Reno, NV (RTS) 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 09:00 Local
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Reno/Stead RTS 
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 5050 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 14 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 9000 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 39.680831,-119.879997(est)

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