Tuesday, September 07, 2021

SlipStream Genesis, N105BJ: Accident occurred September 06, 2021 near Fairmont Municipal Airport (KFRM), Martin County, Minnesota

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; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Location: Fairmont, MN
Accident Number: CEN21LA401
Date & Time: September 6, 2021, 11:00 Local
Registration: N105BJ
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On September 6, 2021, about 1100 central daylight time, a SlipStream Genesis light sport airplane, N105BJ, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Fairmont, Minnesota. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot stated that he originally built this airplane and has been the only owner. On the accident flight, the airplane was on the base leg of the traffic pattern when the engine lost power. He was unable to maintain altitude and descended into trees. The airplane came to rest in the trees about 30 ft high. The pilot later stated that he believes the drive belt broke, which was the reason for the loss of power.

The airplane remained in the trees and will be recovered after the adjacent corn field is harvested. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings and empennage.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: BULFER JAMES G 
Registration: N105BJ
Model/Series: GENESIS 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: KFRM,1161 ft msl 
Observation Time: 10:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C /13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 200°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Fairmont, MN
Destination: Fairmont, MN

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 43.667208,-94.420205 (est)

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