Monday, December 27, 2021

Lancair IV-P, N994PT: Accident occurred December 25, 2021 at Ford Airport (KIMT), Iron Mountain, Michigan

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; Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

Top Gun Aviation Inc 

Location: Iron Mountain, Michigan
Accident Number: CEN22LA089
Date and Time: December 25, 2021, 08:25 Local
Registration: N994PT
Aircraft: Lancair IV
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On December 25, 2021, about 0825 central standard time, a Lancair IV PT airplane, N994PT, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Iron Mountain, Michigan. The pilot and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that after a normal preflight, the airplane took off at reduced winter takeoff power. During the initial climb the pilot raised the landing gear; he then added climb power in increments while also reducing the airplane’s rate of climb. About the time he would active the autopilot, an annunciator light indicated a starter generator failure. He also noted that the engine sounded quieter, and airspeed was decreasing. He increased the throttle, confirmed the number one fuel pump was on, and ensured the left fuel tank was selected. By this time, the engine lost complete power. Since the airplane was only about 450 ft above the ground, he established best glide speed and found a clearing in the trees. During the descent the airplane impacted several trees, touched down on rough terrain, and came to rest on its belly. The aft fuselage, right wing, and engine were fracture separated from the airframe.

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

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Lancair 
Registration: N994PT
Model/Series: IV PT
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: KIMT,1122 ft msl 
Observation Time: 07:54 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -4°C /-10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / 21 knots, 330°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.62 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Iron Mountain, MI
Destination: Daytona Beach, FL (7FL6)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 45.845545,-88.113173

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