Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Birdstrike: Extra EA-300, N808YF; accident occurred March 29, 2022 in Rome, Floyd County, Georgia



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; Atlanta, Georgia

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

https://registry.faa.gov/N808YF 

Location: Rome, Georgia
Accident Number: ERA22LA178
Date & Time: March 29, 2022, 10:45 Local
Registration: N808YF
Aircraft: Extra 300
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Birdstrike
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted
Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Analysis

The pilot was practicing aerobatics (about 400- 600 ft above ground level) when a “large” bird impacted the leading edge of the vertical stabilizer, which resulted in substantial damage. The airplane rolled and yawed slightly after the impact, but the pilot was able to maintain control of the airplane and land immediately without incident.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
An inflight collision with a bird while conducting low level aerobatics.

Findings

Environmental issues Animal(s)/bird(s) - Effect on equipment

Factual Information

History of Flight

Maneuvering-low-alt flying Birdstrike (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline transport; Commercial; Flight instructor
Age: 68, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 5-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane single-engine; Instrument airplane
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 2 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: June 12, 2021
Occupational Pilot: Yes 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: June 4, 2021
Flight Time: 5800 hours (Total, all aircraft), 500 hours (Total, this make and model), 3300 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Extra 
Registration: N808YF
Model/Series: 300 LC
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2015
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Aerobatic 
Serial Number: LC044
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel 
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: March 10, 2022 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2095 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 8 Hrs 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 743.5 Hrs as of last inspection 
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: AEIO-580-B1A
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 315 Horsepower
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: KRMG,644 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 10:53 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 225°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 8000 ft AGL 
Visibility 9 miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 140°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.19 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C / 0°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Rome, GA
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Rome, GA
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace: Class E

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 34.350778,-85.158667(est)


Location: Rome, Georgia 
Accident Number: ERA22LA178
Date and Time: March 29, 2022, 11:00 Local 
Registration: N808YF
Aircraft: Extra 300
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Extra 
Registration: N808YF
Model/Series: 300
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: KRMG,644 ft msl 
Observation Time: 10:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C /0°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 8000 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 140°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 9 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.19 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Rome, GA 
Destination: Rome, GA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 34.350778,-85.158667 (est)

Aircraft tail was struck by a bird. 

Date: 29-MAR-22
Time: 15:00:00Z
Regis#: N8080YF
Aircraft Make: EXTRA
Aircraft Model: 300
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: AIR SHOW
Flight Phase: MANEUVERING (MNV)
Operation: 91
City: ROME
State: GEORGIA

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