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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 166457
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Type:Quicksilver MX II Sprint
Owner/operator:Rawson John V Jr
Registration: N505CR
MSN: 0696
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Princeton Airport (39N), Princeton/Rocky Hill, NJ -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Princeton, NJ (39N)
Destination airport:Princeton, NJ (39N)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The owner/builder of the experimental amateur-built amphibious airplane, who did not possess a flight instructor certificate, departed on a flight with the accident pilot, who did not hold a seaplane rating. After conducting three takeoffs and landings in the airport traffic pattern, the owner allowed the pilot to take the airplane on a solo flight. The pilot reported that he completed one circuit around the traffic pattern for his first approach to landing and that he lost airplane control because the airplane began an uncommanded left turn on final approach despite his applying full right rudder and aileron. The pilot circled the airplane around for a second final approach, but the airplane continued in a descending left turn and subsequently impacted trees and terrain.
Examination of the wreckage revealed no evidence of any preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions. Federal Aviation Administration-published guidance on flying seaplanes equipped with engines mounted above the center of gravity “strongly urged” pilots to obtain training specific to the make and model of the seaplane to be flown because their unique handling characteristics were “not intuitive and must be learned.” The pilot only had 1 hour of experience in the accident airplane make and model. The owner was operating the airplane outside of its operating limitations by flying it outside its assigned geographic area and by taking the accident pilot flying with him on a short flight.

Probable Cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain airplane control during the approach to land. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s unfamiliarity with and lack of training in the accident airplane make and model.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

22-May-2014 17:42 Cruise Control Added
22-May-2014 17:44 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Phase, Embed code, Narrative]
22-May-2014 22:12 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Plane category]
23-May-2014 17:04 Geno Updated [Registration, Cn, Source]
06-Jun-2014 00:59 Geno Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
29-Nov-2017 14:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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