Sunday, August 09, 2020

Van's RV-7, N514BS: Accident occurred July 26, 2020 in Henefer, Summit County, Utah

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; Salt Lake City, Utah

Location: Henefer, UT
Accident Number: WPR20LA239
Date & Time: 07/26/2020, 1110 MDT
Registration: N514BS
Aircraft: Vans RV7
Injuries:1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On July 26, 2020, about 1110 mountain daylight time, a Vans RV7, N514BS, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Henefer, Utah. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that during an uneventful flight, at an altitude of about 10,000 ft mean sea level, he switched fuel tanks and shortly after, the engine began to sputter. The pilot turned on the electric fuel boost pump and switched the fuel selector valve to the original position, and the engine began to operate normally. However, a short time later, the engine began to sputter a second time, and despite his attempts, he was unable to restore engine power, and initiated a forced landing to a nearby road. During landing, the left wing struck the ground, and the airplane veered to the left off the surface of the road and impacted rising terrain.

Postaccident examination of the airplane by local law enforcement revealed that both wings and fuselage were structurally damaged. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Vans
Registration: N514BS
Model/Series: RV7
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: KOGD, 4439 ft msl
Observation Time: 1653 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 25 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / 6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 20°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Ogden, UT (KOGD)
Destination: Heber City, UT

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: 40.986667, -111.529722 (est)

MORGAN COUNTY, Utah — A plane crashed in Morgan county Sunday morning.  The pilot was transported to the University of Utah with non-life-threatening injuries after crashing the small airplane near 6455 South Highway 66. The male pilot sustained some injuries, including a head laceration. 

The Morgan Fire emergency responders were dispatched to the scene around 11:05 a.m. Fire crews initially sent one engine, two brush trucks and an ambulance to the scene. 

While on route, a bystander reported the pilot had a “severe head injury,” causing crews to call in a medical helicopter to the scene. However, upon arriving to the crash, emergency medical responders reported he did not have life-threatening injuries and cancelled the helicopter. 

The pilot reports his plane lost power while en route, so he circled East Canyon Reservoir several times before attempting an emergency crash landing on State Route 66. The right wing of his plane hit the side of the road, sending the pilot into the roadside bank right next to the highway. 

Deputies discovered a small fuel leak when they arrived on scene, which was quickly mitigated — avoiding a fire. The Utah Highway Patrol dispatched a tow truck to retrieve the small aircraft. 

Meanwhile, the male pilot was sent by ground to the University of Utah Hospital. The pilot’s identifying information was not immediately released. 

Highway traffic was slightly impacted, with clearings on the road by about 4 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified of the crash and will conduct an investigation.

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