Monday, March 21, 2022

System / Component Malfunction / Failure (Non-Power): Lancair ES, N4949B; accident occurred March 18, 2022 at General Dick Stout Field Airport (1L8), Hurricane, Washington County, Utah

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; Salt Lake City, Utah

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

N4949B Leasing LLC

Location: Hurricane, Utah 
Accident Number: WPR22LA128
Date and Time: March 18, 2022, 20:15 Local
Registration: N4949B
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Sys/Comp malf/fail (non-power)
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot of the airplane reported that, during the landing roll, the airplane was not slowing as expected. The pilot firmly applied braking action with no corresponding slowing action from the airplane. When he and his passenger saw the departure end of the runway approaching, they both applied as much brake pressure as possible without any effect. The airplane departed the runway and came to rest in a ditch, resulting in substantial damage to the engine mount.

The airplane’s brake system was inspected by a mechanic who reported that the left side brake functioned, however it had a minor amount of air in the system and may not have had the same working pressure as the right-side brake.

The pilot reported that there were no other preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions 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:
Loss of brake pressure on the left brake due to air in the brake line which, resulted in a runway over run and collision with a ditch.


Aircraft Braking capability - Malfunction
Aircraft Directional control - Attain/maintain not possible

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll Sys/Comp malf/fail (non-power) (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 48,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 3 With waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: November 23, 2021
Occupational Pilot: UNK 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: January 10, 2022
Flight Time: (Estimated) 137.5 hours (Total, all aircraft), 0 hours (Total, this make and model), 34.1 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 22.3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 7.2 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1.2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Passenger Information

Age: 45, Male
Airplane Rating(s): 
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s):
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): 
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification:
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: NEWELL MICHAEL J 
Registration: N4949B
Model/Series: LANCAIR ES 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2006
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental (Special) 
Serial Number: ES-180
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle 
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: April 17, 2020 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 868.4 Hrs at time of accident 
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
Engine Model/Series: TSIO-550-B2B
Registered Owner:
Rated Power: 300 Horsepower
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSGU, 2936 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 19:56 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 261°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 280°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / -9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: West Valley, UT (U42)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Hurricane, UT
Type of Clearance: VFR; VFR flight following
Departure Time: 18:58 Local 
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: General Dick Stout Field Airport 1L8
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 84737 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 19
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3282 ft / 60 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: Traffic pattern

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: 37.135816,-113.30771

Aircraft ran off end of runway and nosed into a gulley. 

Date: 19-MAR-22
Time: 02:23:00Z
Regis#: N4949B
Aircraft Make: LANCAIR
Aircraft Model: ES
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
State: UTAH

HURRICANE, Utah — Two people walked away with minor injuries Friday after a single-engine aircraft went off the runway in Hurricane.

The incident happened around 8:23 p.m. on March 18.

Officer Dan Raddatz with the Hurricane City Police Department said the aircraft was traveling from West Valley City to Hurricane when it overran the runway and went into a ditch.

The prop and nose of the plane were damaged in the crash.

Two occupants — a 48-year-old man, who was the pilot, and a 45-year-old man, who was the passenger — sustained minor injuries and did not need to be transported to the hospital, according to Raddatz.

The Hurricane officer said the pilot told police he was unfamiliar with the airport, adding that the runway was dark at the time of the incident.

Raddatz went on to say the plane ended up landing too far down the runway, so there wasn’t enough space to break.

Crews were able to remove the plane from the area Saturday morning.

ST. GEORGE — A Lancair ES plane flying from West Valley to Southern Utah overshot the runway when trying to land at General Dick Stout Field in Hurricane Friday evening.

“They weren’t very familiar with the airport and went too far down the runway and ended up in the ditch,” Hurricane Police Department public information officer Dan Raddatz said.

The plane veered off the runway at 8:23 pm. The pilot likely didn’t leave enough room to brake, Raddatz said.

The pilot, a 48-year-old male and his passenger, a 45-year-old male, suffered minor injuries but didn’t require hospitalization.

Raddatz said the plane suffered damage to the front propeller.

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