Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Loss of Control on Ground: Jabiru J250-SP, N214RM; accident occurred June 05, 2021 at Donegal Springs Airpark (N71), Marietta, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:


Location: Marietta, Pennsylvania
Accident Number: ERA21LA243
Date and Time: June 5, 2021, 13:00 Local 
Registration: N214RM
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional


The pilot had just purchased the airplane and hired the flight instructor to give him some lessons before he flew home. He took off and performed several maneuvers before coming back to the airport to practice full stop landings. He said the final landing was smooth, but during the rollout, his left foot slipped off the rudder pedal while his right foot was still pressing on the right rudder pedal. The airplane swerved to the right, departed the runway, and came to rest in a wheat field. During the accident sequence, the right main and nose landing gear collapsed, and the lower fuselage and firewall were substantially damaged.

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 the landing roll.

Aircraft Directional control - Not attained/maintained
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Landing-landing roll Runway excursion
Landing-landing roll Landing gear collapse

Flight instructor Information

Certificate: Airline transport; Flight instructor 
Age: 66,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane single-engine; Instrument airplane
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: BasicMed With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: June 9, 2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: June 20, 2020
Flight Time: (Estimated) 4700 hours (Total, all aircraft), 40 hours (Total, this make and model), 60 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 30 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 66, 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: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 3 With waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: February 17, 2021
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: October 19, 2020
Flight Time: 178 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3 hours (Total, this make and model), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N214RM
Model/Series: J250-SP 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2006
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Special light-sport (Special)
Serial Number: 249
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle 
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: May 21, 2021 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 10 Hrs
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1976 Hrs at time of accident 
Engine Manufacturer: JABIRU
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 3300
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 120 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: MDT, 312 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 12:56 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 305°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 11 knots / 17 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 310° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 14°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Marietta, PA
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Marietta, PA 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace: 

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 458 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 28
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3250 ft / 50 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: Full stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 40.092095,-76.57597 (est)

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