Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Titan Tornado II, N49PD; accident occurred October 18, 2019 at Marble Canyon Airport (L41), Coconino County, Arizona


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

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Marble Canyon, AZ
Accident Number: GAA20CA036
Date & Time: 10/18/2019, 1400 MST
Registration: N49PD
Aircraft: Titan TITAN TORNADO II
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that, during the takeoff roll, a "gust came up," and the airplane exited the runway to the right onto sand hummocks, and the landing gear collapsed. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the horizontal stabilizer. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during takeoff in gusting wind conditions, which resulted in a runway excursion and impact with sand hummocks.


Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Gusts - Effect on operation (Cause)
Sloped/uneven terrain - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age:65, Male 
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/01/2011
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:  10/09/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 694.7 hours (Total, all aircraft), 480.7 hours (Total, this make and model), 598 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 13.7 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 12 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 5.3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Titan
Registration: N49PD
Model/Series: TITAN TORNADO II Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2001
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: D98912SOHK0310
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/22/2018, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines:1 Reciprocating 
Airframe Total Time: 620 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series:912UL 
Registered Owner:On file 
Rated Power:80 hp 
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: KPGA, 4310 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2053 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 54°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots / 15 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / -23°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Marble Canyon, AZ (L41)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Page, AZ (PGA)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  MST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Marble Canyon (L41)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 3603 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 21
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3715 ft / 35 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 36.810833, -111.644444 (est)

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