Friday, October 02, 2020

Airdrome Aeroplanes Fokker DR.1, N512FH: Accident occurred October 01, 2020 in Wake, Middlesex County, Virginia

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; Richmond, Virginia 

Forgotten Heroes Foundation


Location: Wake, VA 
Accident Number: ERA21LA005
Date & Time: October 1, 2020, 11:25 Local 
Registration: N512FH
Aircraft: Fokker DR1 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:

On October 1, 2020, at 1125 eastern daylight time, an experimental Fokker DR1 airplane, N512FH, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Wake, Virginia. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, prior to the flight he “topped off” the fuel tank adding about 6 gallons of fuel. He departed the Hummel Field Airport (W75), Saluda, Virginia, for a local flight at 1100. About 25 minutes after takeoff while in cruise flight, about 1,500 ft mean sea level, the engine suddenly lost all power. There were no precursor indications, it did not “surge, sputter or misfire.” The propeller remained windmilling. The pilot attempted to restart the engine but was unsuccessful. As the airplane slowed to about 60 knots, the propeller stopped windmilling. While descending for a forced landing to a field, the airplane struck a wire, and slowed “substantially.” During landing the airplane impacted the edge of a bean field and nosed over into the adjacent grass field. After the airplane came to rest, the pilot noticed fuel leaking from the fuel tank filler neck.

Examination of the accident site by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the airplane sustained substantial damage to the upper wing, 3 ft inboard of the wingtip. The fuselage structure was deformed near the right landing gear strut attach point. Continuity of the flight controls was confirmed. The engine controls were exercised and operated normally. Fuel sampled from the fuel tank was blue and absent of contaminants. The fuel inlet line was disconnected from the carburetor, and no fuel ran out from the line. First responders reported to the inspector that “several gallons” of fuel had leaked from the fuel filler neck onto the ground. A fuel sample taken from the airport fueling station was blue in color and absent of contaminants.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Fokker 
Registration: N512FH
Model/Series: DR1
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: 
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: FYJ,24 ft msl
Observation Time: 11:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C /14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 250°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Saluda, VA (W75)
Destination: Wake, VA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 37.579813,-76.443103 (est)

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