Saturday, September 26, 2020

Glasair 1RG, N324DJ: Accident occurred September 23, 2020 at Hagerstown Regional Airport (KHGR), Washington County, Maryland

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; Baltimore, Maryland

Location: Hagerstown, MD
Accident Number: ERA20LA332
Date & Time: September 23, 2020, 11:45 Local
Registration: N324DJ
Aircraft: Glasair 1RG 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under:

On September 23, 2020, about 1145 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Glasair 1RG, N324DJ, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Hagerstown Regional Airport-Richard A Henson Field (HGR), Hagerstown, Maryland. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, the airplane had been at HGR for repair. On the day of the accident, he conducted a preflight inspection of the airplane in the repair station’s hangar, and after a few “adjustments,” he was ready to conduct a test flight. The pilot stated that he took off from HGR and stayed in the airport traffic pattern conducting touch-and-go landings; after the third takeoff the airplane experienced a total loss of engine power, the pilot turned toward runway 02, but the airplane impacted the ground about 100 ft before the runway.

Initial examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that all major components of the airplane were located at the accident site. The airplane remained mostly intact, with a defined break in the fuselage behind the two cabin seats.

The wreckage was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Glasair 
Registration: N324DJ
Model/Series: 1RG NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operating Certificate(s) Held:None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHGR,705 ft msl 
Observation Time: 11:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C /8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 320°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Hagerstown, MD 
Destination: Hagerstown, MD

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 39.714347,-77.725247 (est)

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