Sunday, April 04, 2021

Lancair Evolution Turbine, N469KS: Accident occurred March 18, 2021 in Buckeye, Maricopa County, Arizona

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.

Location: Phoenix, AZ
Accident Number: WPR21LA142
Date & Time: March 18, 2021, 14:27 Local
Registration: N469KS
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On March 18, 2021, about 1427 mountain standard time, an experimental Lancair Evolution, N469KS, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Phoenix, Arizona. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, he began a climb after he departed on an instrument flight rules flight plan from an airport in Mesa, Arizona. As the airplane climbed through FL220, approximately 30 nm east of the pilot’s destination airport, the cabin door departed the airplane and impacted the horizontal and vertical stabilizer. The airplane landed safely in Buckeye, Arizona.

Photographs of the airplane taken by the accident pilot showed substantial damage to the left horizontal stabilizer. The cabin door has not been recovered.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: DAVIS DAN B 
Registration: N469KS
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: KGYR,968 ft msl 
Observation Time: 14:47 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C /-2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Mesa, AZ (FFZ)
Destination: Oceanside, CA (OKB)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 33.274105,-112.32525 

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