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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 150547
 
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Date:05-NOV-2012
Time:11:35
Type:Quicksilver Sprint MX II
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N460JS
MSN: 0686
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Minor
Category:Accident
Location:A mile west of FM 937, Limestone County, near Groesbeck, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Groesbeck, TX (PVT)
Destination airport:Groesbeck, TX (PVT)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
The pilot departed his private airstrip to the south for a local flight. GPS data indicated that the pilot flew the airplane to an area about 15 miles southwest of the departure airstrip and then made several low-altitude circling maneuvers in this area before heading back toward the airstrip. The pilot then flew several circling maneuvers east of the airstrip followed by a low pass to the south. The airplane then climbed and again maneuvered east of the airstrip before continuing to the south end of the airstrip; however, it made a 180-degree turn and subsequently departed to the north and then returned to land. A witness reported that the pilot appeared to abort the landing and that the airplane pitched up and then banked left and descended into the trees. The airplane came to rest in the trees about 15 feet above the ground. The witness reported that the engine continued to run after the impact. Flight control continuity was established during the postaccident examination of the airplane, which did not have an airworthiness certificate. Postaccident weight and balance calculations indicate that the airplaneís center of gravity (CG) was aft of the maximum aft CG limit. However, given that the pilot was able to take off without any problems, the airplane was likely controllable even though the CG was aft of its maximum limit. Toxicological results and medical records indicate the pilot was likely experiencing some level of impairment due to diagnosed, chronic, medical and psychiatric conditions and the effects of the medications he was taking for these conditions.

Probable Cause: The pilotís failure to maintain control of the noncertificated airplane during a go-around. Contributing to the accident was the pilotís physical and psychological impairment.


Sources:

NTSB
FAA register: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=460JS&x=0&y=0

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 8 months
Download report: Final report
Location


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Nov-2012 05:41 gerard57 Added
06-Nov-2012 10:40 vvvww Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location]
07-Nov-2012 10:52 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Location, Source, Damage, Plane category, ]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
28-Nov-2017 13:54 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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