Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Kolb Mark III, N4365E: Accident occurred September 13, 2021 in Steamboat Springs, Routt County, Colorado

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; Denver, Colorado

Location: Steamboat Springs, Colorado 
Accident Number: CEN21LA425
Date and Time: September 13, 2021, 18:30 Local
Registration: N4365E
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On September 13, 2021, at 1830 mountain daylight time, a Kolb Mark III airplane, N4365E, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

A witness reported that the pilot recently purchased the airplane and flew it with its previous owner. After trailering it to Colorado, the pilot removed it from the trailer and expanded its wings. The purpose of this first flight was to taxi the airplane several times to get used to the airplane and how it feels. He was then going to pack it up and take it to an airport with a large, paved runway.

The pilot taxied the airplane in circles for quite a while; “out of the blue” he decided to take off. The airplane lifted off the ground, but it didn’t appear to get the same lift it should have. The airplane cleared a couple fences, but only made it about 20 ft above the ground when the airplane’s nose suddenly lowered and impacted the ground. Consequently, the airplane’s forward structure sustained substantial damage.

The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: BYLER
Registration: N4365E
Model/Series: KOLB MARK III 
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: KSBS,6879 ft msl 
Observation Time: 18:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C /5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 310°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Steamboat Springs, CO 
Destination: Steamboat Springs, CO

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 40.49427,-106.98277 (est)

A small plane made an emergency landing in a field off of Routt County Road 44B west of Steamboat Springs around 6:30 p.m. Monday.

When Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived on scene, the aircraft was not on fire, but the pilot was unable to turn the engine off, according to scanner traffic.

Paramedics observed a laceration on the head of the pilot and told dispatch he was unable to move. Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue paramedics drove an ambulance out to near where the plane went down and were able to remove the pilot from the plane.

After very slowly driving back out of the field, the ambulance then headed for UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center to meet a Classic Air helicopter to airlift the pilot to Denver Health Medical Center, which is a Level 1 trauma center.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified of the incident.

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