Monday, December 20, 2021

Experimental Amateur Built LB-1, N555LB: Accident occurred December 15, 2021 in Haines, Alaska

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; Juneau, Alaska 

Location: Haines, Alaska
Accident Number: ANC22LA011
Date and Time: December 15, 2021, 09:20 Local
Registration: N555LB
Aircraft: Larry Bingham LB-1 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On December 15, 2021, about 0920 Alaska standard time, an experimental amateur built LB-1, N555LB, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Haines, Alaska. 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 reported that, after preheating the airplane, performing a preflight, and doing a successful runup of the engine, he initiated a takeoff. After about a 300 ft. ground roll, the airplane became airborne. During the initial climb he “went to one notch of flaps and immediately the engine faltered.” He “pushed the nose over and re-set to two notches of flaps.” He confirmed the throttle was full, but the airplane was still descending.

The pilot made a precautionary landing in the snow between tree stump piles. During the landing, the airplane touched down, bounced, and on the second touchdown the tires sunk into the snow and the airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted.

The pilot and passenger were able to egress without further incident. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings, fuselage, and empennage.

The airplane was equipped with a Lycoming O-360 engine. The wreckage has been recovered and is pending an examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Larry Bingham
Registration: N555LB
Model/Series: LB-1
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: 
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site:
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Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: 
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Haines, AK 
Destination: Juneau, AK (PAJN)

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: 59.403056,-136.01944 (est)

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