Sunday, May 24, 2020

Ground Collision: Bush Sport 200, N4625D; accident occurred May 31, 2019 at Windham Airport (KIJD), Willimantic, Connecticut

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Bradley, Connecticut

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Willimantic, CT
Accident Number: GAA19CA422
Date & Time: 05/31/2019, 0900 EDT
Registration: N4625D
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Ground collision
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that, after he had fueled the airplane with a fuel pump, he started the engine and began to taxi. During the taxi, the right brake malfunctioned, and his right foot slipped off the brake/rudder pedal. The left wing struck the fuel pump enclosure, and the airplane impacted a concrete post that protected the fuel pump. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing. Federal Aviation Administration inspectors who examined the brake system after the accident reported that there were no preaccident malfunctions or failures 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 taxi operations, which resulted in a collision with a fuel pump enclosure.


Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Airport structure - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Loss of control on ground
Ground collision (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 63, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/02/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/12/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 813 hours (Total, all aircraft), 338 hours (Total, this make and model), 3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: DARYL BAKER
Registration: N4625D
Model/Series: BUSH SPORT 200
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2005
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 21056
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/18/2019, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 338.2 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-A3B6D
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 200 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: KIJD, 247 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1452 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 232°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 320°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.76 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 13°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Willimantic, CT (IJD)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Willimantic, CT (IJD)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0900 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Windham (IJD)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 246 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
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: 41.744167, -72.180278 (est)