Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Lancair IV-P, N7KJ: Accident occurred April 10, 2022 in Leicester, Worcester County, Massachusetts

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; Portland, Maine

Kenfred Enterprises LLC

Location: Leicester, Massachusetts
Accident Number: ERA22LA187
Date and Time: April 10, 2022, 11:08 Local
Registration: N7KJ
Aircraft: Lancair IV 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On April 10, 2022, about 1108 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Lancair IVP, N7KJ, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Leicester, Massachusetts. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, about 40 minutes after departure, during a cross-country flight at 16,500 ft mean sea level, there was a “sudden explosion and the right window was gone.” He performed an emergency descent and landed uneventfully.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the right front window and portions of the roof fractured and separated from the fuselage, resulting in substantial damage (see Figure 1.)

The airplane was retained for further examination; the window was not recovered.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Lancair 
Registration: N7KJ
Model/Series: IV P 
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: LEW,288 ft msl 
Observation Time: 11:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C /0°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 16 knots / 23 knots, 310°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4700 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.53 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Lewiston, ME (LEW)
Destination: Jacksonville, FL (CRG)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Unknown
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 42.276406,-71.930749

Aircraft departed and the right side window blew out and the windshield cracked.  

Date: 10-APR-22
Time: 15:10:00Z
Regis#: N7KJ
Aircraft Make: LANCAIR
Aircraft Model: IV
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
State: MAINE

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