Saturday, January 15, 2022

Flight Design CTLS, N992SA: Accident occurred January 15, 2022 at Hana Airport (PHHN), East Maui, Hawaii

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 Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Honolulu, Hawaii
Rotax Aircraft Engines; Vernon, British Columbia, Canada

Location: Hana, Hawaii
Accident Number: ANC22LA012
Date and Time: January 15, 2022, 09:55 Local 
Registration: N992SA
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On January 15, 2022, about 0955 Hawaii standard time, a Flight Design CTLS light sport airplane, N992SA sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Hana, Hawaii. The pilot sustained serious injuries and the pilot-rated passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that, after completing four touch-and-go landings at the Hana Airport (PHHN), they elected to take a short break before returning to the Kahului Airport (OGG), Kahului, Hawaii. After their short break was complete, the pair departed for the return flight to OGG. The pilot said that just after takeoff from Runway 26, as the airplane climbed to about 75 ft above ground level, the airplane stopped climbing and it subsequently descended into an area of tree-covered terrain. As the airplane descended into the trees, it nosed down and struck the ground in a nose down attitude, just past the departure end of the runway. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and wings.

The pilot stated that there were no outward indications of a mechanical anomaly; however, he believed that the engine was not making rated power.

Multiple pilot-rated witnesses reported that they heard no unusual sounds and the engine appeared to be operating normally.

The airplane was equipped with a Rotax 912ULS engine. A detailed examination is pending.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N992SA
Model/Series: CTLS 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: PHOG,50 ft msl
Observation Time: 09:54 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 24 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C /17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 5000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Hana, HI (HNM) 
Destination: Kahului, HI (OOG)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 20.79556,-156.02172 

Two people have reportedly survived a small plane crash in East Maui at the Hāna Airport.

The incident was reported at 9:57 a.m. on Saturday, January 15, 2022, approximately 100 yards west of the Hāna Airport runway in heavy foliage.

Two men onboard, ages 61 and 70, were transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center for further evaluation. One was transported via Medevac, and the other by ground ambulance, according to MFD reports.

“Initial assessments indicate neither victim sustained any life-threatening injuries,” according to the Maui Fire Department.

Engine 7 personnel arrived on scene and located the crash site. It was confirmed that two individuals were aboard a small privately owned aircraft.

Fire officials say one man was able to walk away from the wreckage. Engine 7 personnel utilized vehicle extrication equipment to free the second individual from entrapment within the plane.

Rescue 10 on Air 1 arrived on scene to “short-haul” the second man to awaiting Medics on the runway at Hāna Airport.

HONOLULU - Officials are investigating after a plane with two people onboard crashed after take off on Maui.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Flight Design CTLS crashed after departing from Runway 26 at the around 9:50 a.m.

Maui fire officials said the plane was found in foliage about 100 yards west of the Hana Airport runway.

Authorities said one person was able to get out of the plane while the other passenger, who was trapped, had to be extricated and was transported by Air 1. One of the victims is around 70 years old.

MFD said both victims were taken to Maui Memorial Medical Center for further evaluation — one by medevac and the other by ground ambulance.

Officials said neither victim sustained any life-threatening injuries.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

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