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Type:Silhouette image of generic VELO model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Velocity SE RG
Registration: N755V
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Titusville-Space Center Executive Airport (TIX/KTIX), FL -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Sebastian Municipal Airport, FL (X26)
Destination airport:Titusville-Space Coast Regional Airport, FL (TIX/KTIX)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident Investigation report not yet completed, but information verified through official sources
An experimental, amateur-built Velocity SE RG, N755V, was destroyed and the pilot was fatally
injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot owned the airplane and based it at Space Coast Regional Airport (TIX), Titusville, Florida.
According to witness statements, radar data and airport surveillance video, the airplane flew
uneventfully from TIX to Sebastian Municipal Airport (X26), Sebastian, Florida during the day of the
accident. While at X26, at the airplane kit manufacturerís facility, the pilot replaced a landing gear up
switch fuse as the landing gear was not retracting. The replacement corrected the issue and then the pilot
removed the pilot seat and rear seat behind the pilot seat. He left the rear seat at the facility so that
maintenance technicians could match color and specifications as the pilot planned to have the interior
aesthetics renovated the following month. He then reinstalled the pilot seat and departed X26
uneventfully at 1528 for the return flight.

As the airplane approached runway 9 at TIX, on short final approach, it pitched up, climbed about 300
ft, then descended nose-down in a right spiral. The airplane impacted a grass area about 400 ft right of
the runway centerline, and about 2,000 ft from the beginning of the runway. A postcrash fire consumed
a majority of the wreckage.

The wreckage came to rest upright, oriented about a 230į magnetic heading, and no debris path was
observed. The cockpit and cabin were mostly consumed by fire. The wreckage was further examined
following recovery to a salvage facility. The flight control stick was not recovered. The pilotís seat was
identified, and the four bolts and their respective hard points remained attached. The pilotís seat pin was
also identified, but the seat frame was bent and separated, consistent with impact forces. A Grand
Rapids primary flight display and multifunction display were recovered and retained for data download.
The left aileron separated from the wing and was recovered near the wing. The right aileron also
separated from the right wing and was recovered near its wing. Aileron control continuity was
confirmed from the separated ailerons through cables, to a bellcrank, to torque tubes, to the cockpit. The
canard spar remained intact and fire damage; however, the left and right elevators were not recovered
and presumed destroyed in the fire. The elevator pushrod section that connected to the control stick was
recovered with no threaded rod end engaged, and the rod end was not recovered. The pushrod section
was retained for metallurgical examination. Continuity of the elevator was confirmed through torque
tubes, with the exception of the retained pushrod section, to the cockpit. The elevator trim actuator was
destroyed, and the preimpact elevator trim setting could not be determined. The left rudder was
identified, and the right rudder was not recovered and presumed destroyed. The left rudder bellcrank
remained intact and its cable exhibited a broomstraw separation.

The engine came to rest upright, separated from the airframe. The three composite propeller blades
remained attached to the hub and all three blades separated about 12 inches from their respective roots.
The top spark plugs were removed; their electrodes were intact and light gray in color. Borescope
examination of the cylinders did not reveal any anomalies. The rear accessory section sustained thermal
damage. The engine was retained for further examination.

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Revision history:

14-Oct-2021 21:42 Captain Adam Added
14-Oct-2021 22:06 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
15-Oct-2021 04:28 RobertMB Updated [Time, Registration, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Oct-2021 11:25 Captain Adam Updated [Narrative]
15-Oct-2021 12:20 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
15-Oct-2021 17:14 johnwg Updated [Time, Phase, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Category]
22-Oct-2021 15:36 aaronwk Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Phase, Source, Narrative, Category]

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