Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Loss of Control in Flight: Best Off Skyranger B, N7714E; accident occurred June 27, 2021 in Ellicott, El Paso County, Colorado

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; Denver, Colorado

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Ellicott, Colorado
Accident Number: CEN21LA292
Date and Time: June 27, 2021, 10:20 Local
Registration: N7714E
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot reported the flight’s purpose was to fly “low and slow” over the riverbed for a ceremony. During a left turn initiated about 250 ft above ground level, the pilot noticed a sink rate develop. The pilot applied full power, but the sink rate continued, and the airplane struck a tree that resulted in substantial damage to both wings and the fuselage. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures 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 loss of control while maneuvering at low altitude.


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

Factual Information

History of Flight

Maneuvering-low-alt flying Loss of control in flight (Defining event)
Uncontrolled descent Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private 
Age: 65, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: None 
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: July 16, 2020
Flight Time: 662 hours (Total, all aircraft), 662 hours (Total, this make and model), 11 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CURNUTT ELTON E 
Registration: N7714E
Model/Series: SKY RANGER B 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2005 
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental light sport (Special)
Serial Number: SKR 0503 573
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: June 28, 2020 Condition 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 19 Hrs 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 682 Hrs at time of accident 
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: C126 installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 912ULS
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 100 Horsepower
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KABH,6030 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 09:58 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 146°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 7000 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 10000 ft AGL 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 340° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.28 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 8°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Peyton, CO (KFLY)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Peyton, CO (KFLY) 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 10:00 Local 
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 38.914,-104.443(est)

EL PASO COUNTY, Colorado — Two people were sent to the hospital after a small plane crashed in eastern El Paso County Sunday morning.

Around 10:15 a.m., the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office responded to an “aircraft emergency,” according to the blotter. A Best Off Skyranger B had crashed near J D Johnson Road and Falcon Highway, in between Peyton and Ellicot.

Both of the people traveling in the plane were treated at the hospital for their injuries. One of the people had more serious injuries than the other, but a sheriff’s office spokesperson said both were walking around after the crash.

The circumstances leading up to the crash are unknown at this time, as an investigation continues.

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