Wednesday, July 07, 2021

Titan T-51D Mustang, N15180: Accident occurred July 06, 2021 at Northeast Ohio Regional Airport (KHZY), Ashtabula, Ohio

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; Ashtabula, Ohio

Location: Ashtabula, OH
Accident Number: CEN21LA309
Date & Time: July 6, 2021, 14:45 Local 
Registration: N15180
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On July 6, 2021, about 1445 central daylight time, a Titan T-51 homebuilt experimental airplane, N15180, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Ashtabula, Ohio. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The intent of the local flight was to perform fuel flow and fuel indicator checks on the newly built airplane. After takeoff, while climbing through 200 ft agl, the engine lost power. The pilot noticed that the engine computer circuit breaker was tripped. He attempted to reset the circuit breaker and attempted to restart the engine. The circuit breaker would not reset, so the pilot nosed over the airplane to land on the remaining part of the 5,900 ft runway. Upon contact with the runway, the left main landing gear
collapsed, and the airplane ground looped. The left wing sustained substantial damage.

The airplane was recovered to a secure hangar for examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: MYRON OLESON 
Registration: N15180
Model/Series: T-51D MUSTANG 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: KHZY,924 ft msl 
Observation Time: 14:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C /22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 5000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 15 knots / 19 knots, 270°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Ashtabula, OH 
Destination: Ashtabula, OH

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 41.89,-80.79 (est)

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