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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 225951
Last updated: 8 October 2019
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Time:10:38 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic ACAM model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockwood AirCam
Registration: N123GN
C/n / msn: AC-0248
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hemet-Ryan Airport (HMT/KHMT), Hemet, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Hemet-Ryan Field, CA (HMT/KHMT)
Destination airport:Hemet-Ryan Field, CA (HMT/KHMT)
An experimental Lockwood AirCam, amateur built by Loren V. Gallagher, impacted the runway during an attempted take off at Hemet-Ryan Airport (HMT/KHMT), Hemet, California.
The aircraft came to the rest inverted, sustaining substantial damage, and the sole pilot on board was fatally injured.

NTSB preliminary:

On June 8, 2019, at 0938 Pacific daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Lockwood
Aviation Aircam airplane, N123GN, was substantially damaged when it rolled inverted and
impacted the runway surface during a takeoff attempt at Hemet-Ryan Airport (HMT), Hemet,
California. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and
operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a
personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed for
the local flight.

According to records and witness statements, the pilot purchased the kit for the accident
airplane in November 2017, and completed construction several months before the accident.
The accident flight was the first test flight in the airplane after having recently received a
Special Airworthiness Certificate to begin Phase I flight testing. On the morning of the
accident, several of the pilot's friends and acquaintances had gathered to witness his first flight.
Witnesses reported that the pilot performed a preflight inspection of the airplane and sumped
the fuel tanks before he taxied to the active runway. He lined up the airplane on the runway
centerline, and began a slow ground roll for a few seconds before he advanced the throttles to
takeoff power. Seconds later, the airplane lifted off the runway, but as the airplane approached
about 20 ft above ground level, the left wing folded upward. The airplane immediately rolled to
the left and entered a descent before it impacted the ground inverted.

A video of the accident was captured by an eyewitness who was recording the initial flight with
a smartphone. The video was consistent with witness statements and showed the tailwheel lift
from the runway surface about 200 ft into the airplane's ground roll. The airplane departed the
runway surface about 400 ft into the ground roll, and began a climb. Two seconds after the
wheels came off the ground, the left wing folded upward and the airplane began a left roll and
descended to the ground.

The airplane came to rest inverted on the left runway edge, approximately 550 ft from the
beginning of runway 23. All major sections of the airframe were accounted for at the accident
site. The main wreckage was located about 125 ft forward of the airplane's initial impact point
and oriented on a heading of 111 magnetic. Multiple dents and compression wrinkles were
observed on both sides of the forward fuselage at the nose cone, which was scarred and cracked
along the top. The fuselage frame at each wing strut attachment was compressed on both sides
of the fuselage. The left wing was partially separated and folded beneath the main wreckage
and the wing tip was adjacent to the empennage. The right wing compression tube was
deformed and the leading edge was crushed. Fuel stains were observed below the left wing on
the runway surface covered by an absorbent material that had been distributed by first

A preliminary examination of the airplane showed that both the forward and aft left wing struts
remained connected to their braces at the left wing, but were not connected to the wing strut
attachment fittings at the fuselage. According to the airplane's build manual, during normal
assembly the wing struts are installed on the fuselage attachment fittings with bolts. On the
accident airplane, the bolts were present and secured to the struts with nuts, however they
were straight and undamaged, and not connected to their respective fittings on the fuselage.
Likewise, the fittings on the fuselage were intact, and their corresponding bolt holes were
undamaged. The right wing struts remained connected to both the wing strut attachments
fitting at the fuselage, and braces at the wing.





Source: NTSB

Revision history:

08-Jun-2019 21:28 Captain Adam Added
08-Jun-2019 22:25 RobertMB Updated [Registration, Cn, Source, Narrative]
09-Jun-2019 06:59 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
09-Jun-2019 14:54 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative]
09-Jun-2019 14:55 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code, Damage]
09-Jun-2019 15:07 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
10-Jun-2019 21:56 RobertMB Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
19-Jun-2019 18:41 Iceman 29 Updated [Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Photo]
19-Jun-2019 18:44 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]

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