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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 133663
Last updated: 8 February 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic GLAS model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Glasair II
Registration: N51AJ
C/n / msn: 391
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Holly Hill, SC -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
On September 10, 1998, about 1500 eastern daylight time, a Glasair SH2 experimental airplane, N51AJ, registered to a private individual, operating as a 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight, crashed on a golf course near Holly Hill, South Carolina. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The airplane was destroyed. The private-rated pilot reported serious injuries. The flight originated from a private airstrip, at an unknown time.

According to the FAA inspector's statement, "...witnesses stated that the aircraft landed long and could not make a complete stop on the available runway. The aircraft bounced three times and on the third bounce [the pilot] lowered the tail wheel the main landing gear came off the ground, indicating too much airspeed...[the pilot] attempted a go around and powered up with 300 feet of runway remaining. He attempted to clear trees at the end of the runway by pulling abruptly then pushing the nose over after clearing the trees. At this point the engine quit momentarily, most likely due to the negative G's applied during this maneuver." The airplane impacted the ground on fairway No. 3 at Holly Hill Golf Course, and came to rest at the base of a pine tree. Examination of the wreckage revealed that no obvious discrepancies were found in the fuel system or the engine. Blue fuel was found, and examination of the carburetor and fuel pump did not show any discrepancies.

The FAA inspector stated, "...the pilot was released from the hospital on September 20, 1998. All attempts to talk to [him] have appears after checking with Airman and Aircraft records [the pilot] was operating his aircraft with a non-current registration and with a denied medical." The pilot did not return the NTSB Form 6120.1/2, and his account of the accident is not known.
PROBABLE CAUSE:The pilot's failure to maintain airspeed, and his failure to perform a go-around. The pilot's misjudgment of speed and distance during the landing is a contributing factor.


NTSB id 20001211X11131

Revision history:

21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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