Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Europa Trigear, N133AC: Accident occurred August 16, 2021 in Hanksville, Wayne County, Utah

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; Salt Lake City, Utah

Location: Hanksville, Utah
Accident Number: WPR21LA325
Date and Time: August 16, 2021, 15:30 Local 
Registration: N133AC
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On August 16, 2021, about 1530 mountain daylight time, a Europa Trigear, N133AC, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Hanksville, Utah. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, personal flight.

The pilot reported that during the preflight, he noticed that the fluid in the cooling system’s expansion tank was low. He removed the cowling and did not observe a leak or pooling of coolant, and subsequently added about 16 ounces of water to replenish the coolant. The pilot completed the preflight and ground run without further incident and initiated the takeoff.

The pilot reported that he was in a “stair-stepped” climb out in an effort cool the engine. About 30 minutes after departure, he noted that the engine’s cylinder head temperature (CHT) was in the red arc and immediately reduced the throttle setting to idle and prepared for a precautionary landing. While in the descent, the pilot cycled the engine off and on to reduce the CHT, but the temperature remained in the red arc. During the landing roll on an unimproved dirt road, the airplane impacted terrain.

Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the fuselage was substantially damaged.

The wreckage was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: STOUT GARRY V 
Registration: N133AC
Model/Series: EUROPA - TRIGEAR 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file 
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: KHVE,4444 ft msl 
Observation Time: 15:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 22 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 34°C /3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Halls Crossing, UT (U96) 
Destination: Newberg, OR (2S6)

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: 38.0586,-110.96113 (est)

1 comment:

  1. I listened to this unfold while cruising along monitoring 121.5. Lots of airline guys relaying info. Good stuff. Anyone know if this is the Greg Fuchs that flew for ATA?