GENERAL INFORMATION FOR NTSB REPORT: ANC00LA023
Data Source NTSB AVIATION ACCIDENT/INCIDENT DATABASE
NTSB Report Nbr ANC00LA023
Event Id 20001212X20437
Local Date 02/02/2000
Local Time 1500
State AK
Airport Name CHENA MARINA
Event Type ACCIDENT
Injury Severity NONE
Record Status
Mid Air Collision NO
Event Location ON AIRPORT/AIRSTRIP

WEATHER INFORMATION
Weather Briefing Complete UNKNOWN
Basic Weather Conditions VISUAL METEOROLOGICAL COND
Light Condition DAY
Cloud Condition SCATTERED
Cloud Height above Ground Level (ft) 9000
Ceiling Height above Ground Level (ft) 0
Cloud Type NONE
Visibility RVR (ft) 0
Visibility RVV (sm) 0
Visibility (sm) 10
Wind Direction (deg) 250
Wind Condition Flag U
Wind Speed (knots) 15
Wind Condition Indicated Unknown

AIRCRAFT INFORMATION
Aircraft 1
Type of Operation PART 91: GENERAL AVIATION
Registration Number N6381V
Aircraft Make PIETENPOL
Aircraft Model AIRCAMPER
Aircraft Series NO SERIES EXISTS
Aircraft Damage SUBSTANTIAL
Aircraft Fire NONE
Aircraft Explosion NONE
Aircraft Type AIRPLANE
Aircraft Homebuilt UNKNOWN
Phase of Flight UNDEFINED
Aircraft Use PERSONAL
Flight Plan Filed NONE
Operator Name
Operator Doing Business As
Owner Name ERIC L. STIRLING
Number of Seats 2
Number of Engines 2
ELT Installed YES
ELT Operated NO
Departure Airport Id AK28
Departure City FAIRBANKS
Departure State ALASKA
Last Departure Point NO
Destination Local DEST & DEPARTURE SAME, ACCIDENT CAN OCCUR ANYWHERE
Destination Airport Id
Destination City
Runway Id 18
Runway Length 4700
Runway Width 50
Air Carrier Operating Certificates NO
Air Carrier Other Operating Certificates UNKNOWN
Rotocraft/Agriculture Operating Certificate UNKNOWN
Cert Max Gross Wgt 1750

ENGINE INFORMATION

Aircraft 1 - Engine : #1
Engine Manufactuer Rotax
Engine Model 914
Engine Horsepower 115
Engine Thrust HP
Carb/Injection CARBURETOR

INJURY INFORMATION
Injury Summary for Aircraft 1
Fatal Serious Minor None
Crew 0 0 0 0
Pass 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 1
Sequence of Events for Aircraft 1
Occurrence #1
LOSS OF ENGINE POWER (PARTIAL) - NON-MECHANICAL
Phase of Operation: CRUISE

Events Sequence for Occurrence #1 of Aircraft 1
Event Seq # Event Group Code Subject Modifier Personnel Cause/Factor
1 1 ENGINE INSTRUMENTS, CYLINDER HEAD TEMPERATURE GAGE OVERTEMPERATURE
2 2 ENGINE SHUTDOWN INTENTIONAL PILOT IN COMMAND FACTOR

Occurrence #2
ON GROUND/WATER ENCOUNTER WITH WEATHER
Phase of Operation: LANDING - ROLL

Events Sequence for Occurrence #2 of Aircraft 1
Event Seq # Event Group Code Subject Modifier Personnel Cause/Factor
3 1 WEATHER CONDITION CROSSWIND FACTOR
4 2 COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS IMPROPER PILOT IN COMMAND CAUSE

Occurrence #3
ON GROUND/WATER ENCOUNTER WITH TERRAIN/WATER
Phase of Operation: LANDING - ROLL

Events Sequence for Occurrence #3 of Aircraft 1
Event Seq # Event Group Code Subject Modifier Personnel Cause/Factor
5 1 AIRPORT FACILITIES, RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION ICY FACTOR
6 1 AIRPORT FACILITIES, RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION BERM FACTOR




AIRCRAFT 1 PRELIMINARY REPORT


On February 2, 2000, about 1500 Alaska standard time, an experimental Stirling Air Cam airplane, N6381V, sustained substantial damage during landing on runway 18 at the Chena Marina Airport, Fairbanks, Alaska. The solo commercial pilot was not injured. The local personal flight was operated under 14 CFR Part 91, and originated about 1430 from the Chena Marina Airport. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. According to an FAA inspector, the pilot stated in an interview on February 3, that during the flight the left engine cylinder head temperature began to overheat, so he elected to shut that engine down. The pilot told the FAA inspector that during landing, the winds were blowing and gusting from the right. During landing roll, a wind gust lifted the right wing. The pilot added power to the operating (right) engine, and the airplane departed the left side of the 4,700 feet long, snow-covered runway, and struck a snow berm. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both landing gear, the landing gear attachment bulkhead, and two leading edge ribs (battons). The pilot stated in his NTSB Pilot/Operator report that there were high winds above 1,000 feet agl. He indicated that he intentionally shut down the left engine due to high cylinder head temperature. He stated that during the landing flare, a wind gust combined with a slick runway pushed the airplane to the left. He wrote that he added power on the operating (right) engine attempting to straighten the airplane, and struck the berm. He added in his report that he could have restarted the left engine for the landing.

AIRCRAFT 1 FINAL REPORT


The commercial pilot was on a local pleasure flight in his experimental airplane. During the flight the left engine cylinder head temperature began to overheat, and he elected to shut that engine down. The pilot stated that during landing, the winds were blowing and gusting from the right. During landing roll, a wind gust lifted the right wing. The pilot added power to the operating (right) engine, the airplane departed the left side of the snow-covered runway, and struck a snow berm. The pilot wrote in his NTSB Pilot/Operator report that he could have restarted the left engine for the landing.

AIRCRAFT 1 CAUSE REPORT


The pilot's improper compensation for wind conditions during the single-engine landing. Factors associated with this accident were the pilot's intentional shut down of the left engine, the right crosswind, the icy runway, and the snow berms on the edge of the runway.


END REPORT