Monday, December 07, 2020

Loss of Control in Flight: Vans RV-9, N235LS; Accident occurred January 15, 2020 at Freeflight International Airport (2FA6), Coleman, Sumter County, Florida

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Coleman, Florida
Accident Number: ERA20CA075
Date & Time: January 15, 2020, 12:18 Local
Registration: N235LS
Aircraft: Vans VANS RV 9 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 67,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: April 22, 2019
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: December 11, 2019
Flight Time: 376 hours (Total, all aircraft), 11 hours (Total, this make and model), 307 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 11 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 7 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Vans 
Registration: N235LS
Model/Series: VANS RV 9 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2007
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental light sport (Special)
Serial Number: 90866
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: December 11, 2019 Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1000 Hrs as of last inspection 
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-235 C1
Registered Owner:
Rated Power: 118 Horsepower
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KINF,50 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 12:15 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 272°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  7 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 150° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30.21 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 20°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Coleman, FL (2FA6)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Coleman, FL (2FA6)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 12:30 Local
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Freeflight Intl 2FA6 
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 55 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Vegetation
Runway Used: 02
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4100 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 28.809444,-82.06639(est)

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