Sunday, April 11, 2021

Czech Sport Aircraft PiperSport, N802PS: Accident occurred April 22, 2020 at Logan-Cache Airport (KLGU), Utah

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; Salt Lake City, Utah

802PS Aircraft Leasing LLC

Location: Logan, UT
Accident Number: WPR20LA145
Date & Time: April 22, 2020, 11:10 Local 
Registration: N802PS
Aircraft: Czech Sport Aircraft Sport Cruiser
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On April 22, 2020, about 1110 mountain daylight time, a Czech Sport Aircraft SportCruiser, N802PS, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at the Logan-Cache Airport, Logan, Utah. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

The student pilot stated that the purpose of the flight was for him to make his second solo cross-country. He departed from South Valley Regional Airport, Salt Lake City, Utah about 0900 and completed two practice touch-and-go takeoffs and landings in Ogden, Utah. Thereafter, the pilot continued to Logan where he completed a full stop and shut down the engine. After a short time he started the engine, and during the run-up procedure he performed a magneto check, at which time the engine momentarily experienced a total loss of power. The pilot shut down the airplane and tried again after speaking with his instructor on his cell phone. During the second engine start, he thought that the fuel pump sounded much louder than usual and he shut the engine down. On the third engine start, the fuel pump remained louder than normal, and he noticed that the fuel pressure was fluctuating within the normal range, but would temporarily drop to 1.8 psi when he turned on the avionics. The fuel pressure recovered to 3.5 psi and he completed a normal engine runup.

The pilot further stated that he taxied to runway 28 and proceeded to depart. As the airplane reached about 50 to 100 feet above ground level (agl), the engine surged and he noticed that the fuel pressure had decreased to 1.0 psi (flashed red). He retarded the throttle and attempted to land straight ahead because he thought there was enough runway remaining. The airplane touched down hard, bending the left landing gear. The airplane incurred substantial damage to the fuselage.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Czech Sport Aircraft
Registration: N802PS
Model/Series: Sport Cruiser 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
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: KLGU,4454 ft msl 
Observation Time: 17:51 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C /-2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 8000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / 18 knots, 300°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Logan, UT (LGU)
Destination: Salt Lake City, UT (U42)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 41.791667,-111.851669 (est)


  1. Student pilot, low fuel pressure, calls instructor and takes off? Really!!!!!

  2. ROTAX 912ULS powered. I’d bet the farm this was another vapor-lock incident. “The fuel pump sounded louder than normal....” Well, that’s because it was trying to pump vapor not liquid. The pilot landed, sat on the ground long enough for the fuel system to heat-soak, tried to take off and bingo. Anybody who flies behind a ROTAX engine needs to be aware of their proclivity to vapor-lock, especially if the fuel return line is blocked or not fitted. This joker was lucky... not everybody is.


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