Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Pipistrel Alpha Trainer, N119JP: Accident occurred May 28, 2021 near Loveland-Northern Colorado Regional Airport (KFNL), Larimer County, Colorado

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; Denver, Colorado

St Croix Lightplanes LLC

Location: Fort Collins, CO
Accident Number: CEN21LA241
Date & Time: May 28, 2021, 10:30 Local
Registration: N119JP
Aircraft: Pipistrel Alpha Trainer
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On May 28, 2021, about 1030 mountain daylight time, a Pipistrel Alpha Trainer, N119JP, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Fort Collins, Colorado. The pilot sustained minor injuries and the flight instructor sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

The flight instructor reported that they took off and proceeded to the practice area. They conducted flight review maneuvers, emergency procedures, and the flight instructor demonstrated a power on stall. The pilot took over the controls and when he added power, the engine did not respond. He manipulated the throttle several times, but the engine had reduced to idle power and would not change. The flight instructor initiated an emergency landing; during which, he pulled the throttle control from the panel and exposed a large portion of the throttle control cable. The airplane descended to a nearby field and touched down. The nosewheel sank into a small ridge and the airplane flipped upside down and slid to a stop. The airplane exhibited substantial damage to the fuselage structure and empennage.

The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Pipistrel
Registration: N119JP
Model/Series: Alpha Trainer
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: KFNL,5015 ft msl
Observation Time: 10:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C /9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Fort Collins, CO (FNL)
Destination: Fort Collins, CO

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 40.4518,-105.01134 (est)

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