Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Stoddard-Hamilton Glasair Super II FT, N8176J: Accident occurred May 29, 2021 in Darby, Ravalli County, Montana

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; Helena, Montana

Location: Darby, MT
Accident Number: WPR21LA219
Date & Time: May 29, 2021, 11:06 Local 
Registration: N8176J
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On May 29, 2021, about 1106 mountain daylight time, a Weston James Glasair II S FT airplane, N8176J, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident at near Darby, Montana. The pilot and the passenger sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot was at cruise altitude of 4,000 ft above ground level when he heard and observed low oil pressure warnings. The pilot initiated an emergency descent and attempted to land on a private grass strip. As he approached the ground, the pilot realized he was too fast and initiated a go around. The left wing tip contacted the ground during the go around and the airplane subsequently nosed over.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: WESTON JAMES 
Registration: N8176J
Model/Series: GLASAIR II S FT 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
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Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 45.953056,114.142222 (est)

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