Friday, June 10, 2022

Rans S-21 Outbound, N46JH: Accident occurred June 09, 2022 near West Desert Airpark (UT9), Fairfield, Utah County, Utah

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; Salt Lake City, Utah
Rotax-Rotech Flight Safety

Location: Fairfield, Utah
Accident Number: WPR22LA211
Date and Time: June 9, 2022, 10:45 Local
Registration: N46JH
Aircraft: RANS S21 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On June 9, 2022, about 1045 mountain daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Rans Designs S-21 airplane, N46JH, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Fairfield, Utah. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that the accident flight was a test flight following recent maintenance. A turbocharger air duct elbow, new fuel pumps, and fuel filters were installed on the airplane. A ground run-up was conducted, and all systems including fuel pressure, were normal. During the takeoff, about 150 ft above ground level, the pilot experienced a decrease in power. He maneuvered the airplane and landed hard on airport property during the forced landing. The left landing gear strut collapsed, and the left elevator and forward fuselage sustained substantial damage.

The wreckage was relocated to a secured facility for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: RANS
Registration: N46JH
Model/Series: S21
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: KPVU,4497 ft msl
Observation Time: 09:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C /7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 20000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Fairfield, UT
Destination: Fairfield, UT

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 40.244113,-112.08891 (est)

Aircraft experienced engine issues and landed hard east of the runway.  

Date: 09-JUN-22
Time: 16:45:00Z
Regis#: N46JH
Aircraft Make: RANS
Aircraft Model: S-21
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
State: UTAH

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