Friday, December 31, 2021

Landing Gear Collapse: Aero Adventure Aventura II, N966W; accident occurred June 17, 2021 at DeLand Municipal Airport-Sidney H Taylor Field (KDED), Volusia County, Florida

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:
Location: DeLand, Florida
Accident Number: ERA21LA256
Date and Time: June 17, 2021, 08:30 Local 
Registration: N966W
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear collapse 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


As soon as the pilot lifted from the runway during the takeoff he thought he encountered windshear or a crosswind and the airplane “stopped climbing.” He decided to land in the grass off of the runway, and after touchdown during the landing roll, the airplane contacted a hole in the ground. The left main landing gear separated from the fuselage and the left wing contacted the ground, which substantially damaged it. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
A landing gear collapse after the airplane struck a hole during an off-runway precautionary landing.


Environmental issues Sloped/uneven terrain - Effect on equipment

Factual Information

History of Flight

Initial climb Off-field or emergency landing
Landing-landing roll Landing gear collapse (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Sport Pilot 
Age: 53, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: None
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: November 14, 2020
Flight Time: 244 hours (Total, all aircraft), 235 hours (Total, this make and model), 191 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 22 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: WARE JERRY L 
Registration: N966W
Model/Series: AVENTURA II 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2007
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental light sport (Special)
Serial Number: AA2A0136
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tailwheel; Amphibian
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: February 1, 2021 Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1430 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 96 Hrs as of last inspection 
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: 914UL
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 100
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: DED,79 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 08:35 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 284°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 220° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / 21°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: DeLand, FL
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: DeLand, FL
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 79 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 23
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4301 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Precautionary landing

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 29.066553,-81.280905 (est)

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