Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Collision During Takeoff: Capella XLS, N18XX; accident occurred June 24, 2020 in Liberty, Weber County, Utah

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Liberty, Utah
Accident Number: WPR20CA195
Date & Time: June 24, 2020, 11:30 Local
Registration: N18XX
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Collision during takeoff/land 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane departing for the first time from the 750-ft-long, private grass field. During the initial climb, the right main landing gear contacted a steel fence post at the end of the runway. The airplane pitched nose down, yawed, and rolled slightly to the right. The pilot corrected with left aileron and rudder control, but the airplane cartwheeled and impacted a small shed. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and the fuselage. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane 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 clearance from a fence post during the initial climb.

Personnel issues Decision making/judgment - Pilot
Environmental issues Fence/fence post - Effect on equipment

Factual Information

History of Flight

Takeoff Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)
Takeoff Collision during takeoff/land (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private 
Age: 58, 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: Class 3 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: May 31, 2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: August 18, 2019
Flight Time: (Estimated) 107 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2.4 hours (Total, this make and model), 66.9 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 23.3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 16.8 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1.3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CAPELLA 
Registration: N18XX
Model/Series: XLS 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2013 
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental (Special)
Serial Number: 1
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel 
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: April 3, 2020 Condition 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 5 Hrs 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 350 Hrs at time of accident Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: C91A installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: ULS 912
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 100
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: KOGD, 4439 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 11:15 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 226°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Liberty, UT 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Liberty, UT
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 11:30 Local
Type of Airspace: Class G

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: 41.316387,-111.847778(est)

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