Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Wrong Airport / Wrong Surface: Rans S-7 Courier, N242K; accident occurred February 19, 2022 in Buckeye, Maricopa County, Arizona

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; Scottsdale, Arizona

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Buckeye, Arizona
Accident Number: WPR22LA105
Date and Time: February 19, 2022, 10:00 Local
Registration: N242K
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Wrong surface or wrong airport
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot of the tailwheel equipped experimental airplane reported that, he mistook a parking lot for what he thought was an ultralight/light sport runway. While on final approach he observed power lines that obstructed the approach. He pulled up to avoid the power lines; however, he did not add engine power and the airplane stalled, landed hard and veered to the right where it struck a water drum and came to rest inverted.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and the vertical stabilizer. The pilot reported that there were no 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:
The pilot’s exceedance of the airplane’s critical angle of attack while on final approach to land which resulted in an aerodynamic stall and hard landing.


Aircraft Pitch control - Not attained/maintained
Aircraft Angle of attack - Not attained/maintained
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Approach Wrong surface or wrong airport (Defining event)
Maneuvering-low-alt flying Aerodynamic stall/spin
Maneuvering-low-alt flying Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private 
Age: 76, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: June 21, 2021
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: July 28, 2021
Flight Time: (Estimated) 2000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 900 hours (Total, this make and model), 1937 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Passenger Information

Age: 74, Male
Airplane Rating(s): 
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): 
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: 
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: UNK 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: SHELTON JOSEPH G 
Registration: N242K
Model/Series: S-7 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2001 
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental (Special)
Serial Number: 0101298
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 3 Hrs
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 895 Hrs as of last inspection 
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 912ULS
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 100 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: KBXK, 1021 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 09:55 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 244°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 110° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / -5°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Kingman, AZ (IGM)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Buckeye, AZ
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 09:00 Local
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Buckeye Municipal Airport BXK
Runway Surface Type:
Airport Elevation: 1033 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Full stop; Straight-in

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: 33.418859,-112.67848(est)

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