Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Air Creation Tanarg, N912SU: Accident occurred November 15, 2020 in Pahrump, Nye County, Nevada

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; Las Vegas, Nevada

Location: Pahrump, NV 
Accident Number: WPR21LA058
Date & Time: November 15, 2020, 11:15 Local
Registration: N912SU
Aircraft: Air Creation Tanarg Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On November 15, 2020, about 1115 Pacific standard time, an Air Creation, Tanarg, weight-shift control trike, N912SU, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Pahrump, Nevada. The pilot sustained serious injuries. The aircraft was operated as a Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, he had fueled the trike prior to take off with a total of 9 gallons of fuel in the tank. He flew about 6 miles east of the Calvada Meadows Airport (74P) and was performing shallow turns around a herd of wild horses, about 400 ft above the ground (AGL). After recovering from his last shallow turn, he realized he was low in altitude and applied throttle. The trike did not gain altitude and continued to descend to the ground. The pilot believed the engine was still running due to the three propeller blades all receiving damage after ground contact.

The trike came to rest upright in a gully populated with Joshua trees and vegetation. All major components of the trike remained attached to the airframe. The wings collapsed downward to the ground. The instrument panel separated but remained attached to the frame by wires. The three-blade composite propeller sustained damage to all blades. The trike was recovered to a private hangar for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Air Creation
Registration: N912U
Model/Series: Tanarg 
Aircraft Category: Weight-shift
Amateur Built: No
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: KVGT,2203 ft msl 
Observation Time: 11:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 39 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C /-8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 130°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.23 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Pahrump, NV (74P)
Destination: Pahrump, NV (74P)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 36.271549,-115.9949 (est)

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