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Europa XS Mono, N194XS: Accident occurred April 13, 2022 in Eastsound, San Juan County, Washington

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; Seattle, Washington

Location: Eastsound, Washington 
Accident Number: WPR22LA158
Date and Time: April 13, 2022, 11:45 Local
Registration: N194XS
Aircraft: Europa XS Mono
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On April 13, 2021, about 1145 Pacific daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Europa XS Mono airplane, N194XS, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Eastsound, Washington. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight.

The pilot reported that he was orbiting the airport, to confirm that previous modifications to the engine cooling system were working and decided to land. While on downwind for runway 34, he reduced airspeed, and lowered the landing gear and flaps, which utilized a single control lever. He stated that he had to “wrestle” with the lever to get it in the “locked” position, and while doing so, the engine lost all power. The pilot extended downwind so he could attempt to restart the engine, however, unable to restore engine power, he turned toward the runway. The pilot realized he would not make it to the runway and subsequently landed in a stand of trees about 2,000 ft south of the runway threshold.

Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the fuselage was structurally damaged. The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Europa
Registration: N194XS
Model/Series: XS Mono
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: KORS,31 ft msl 
Observation Time: 11:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C /1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 7500 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 330°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 8 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Eastsound, WA
Destination: Eastsound, WA

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: 48.699009,-122.91026 

Aircraft experienced engine issues and crashed into trees. 

Date: 13-APR-22
Time: 18:45:00Z
Regis#: N194XS
Aircraft Make: EUROPA
Aircraft Model: XS MONO
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91

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