Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Titan T-51 Mustang, N153JW: Fatal accident occurred September 02, 2020 near Van Aire Airport (CO12), Brighton, Adams County, Colorado

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; Denver, Colorado

Location: Brighton, CO
Accident Number: CEN20LA375
Date & Time: 09/02/2020, 1213 MDT
Registration: N153JW
Aircraft: Titan Mustang T-51
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 2, 2020, at 1213 mountain daylight time, a Titan Mustang T-51 airplane, N153JW, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Brighton, Colorado. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) data indicated that the pilot departed at 1157 and proceeded about 10 miles east before returning to the airport. The pilot appeared to execute a takeoff and landing before entering a right-hand traffic pattern. After completing a second takeoff and landing, the pilot again entered a right traffic pattern. However, as the turn continued, the airplane entered a gradual descent. The final ADS-B data point was located about 1/2-mile northwest of the runway. The associated altitude was approximately 100 ft above ground level.

A postrecovery examination of the airframe and engine is pending.

Figure 1 -- Accident Flight Overview

Figure 2 -- Takeoff and Departure

Figure 3 -- Return to Airport/Takeoff and Landing

Figure 4 -- Final Flight Segment 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Titan
Registration: N153JW
Model/Series: Mustang T-51
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: DEN
Observation Time: 1153 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 8000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 250°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Brighton, CO (CO12)
Destination: Brighton, CO (CO12) 

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: 39.994722, -104.713889 (est)

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1 comment:

  1. From Adams County Sheriff’s Office 2 September Facebook post:

    "Witnesses reported seeing the plane take off and after a few minutes heard what they believed to be the engine stall. The wings of the plane dipped, and the plane began to spiral downward."

    Engine reported to be Honda V6 engine conversion.