Accident Evektor-Aerotechnik SportStar N409EV, Saturday 14 January 2012
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Date:Saturday 14 January 2012
Type:Silhouette image of generic EVSS model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Evektor-Aerotechnik SportStar
Owner/operator:Sport Aviation Sales
Registration: N409EV
MSN: 20050409
Year of manufacture:2005
Engine model:Rotax 912ULS
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:San Diego-Brown Field Municipal Airport, CA (KSDM) -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Hemet, CA (KHMT)
Destination airport:San Diego-Brown Field Municipal Airport, CA (KSDM)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot, who was making a full-stop landing, noticed that there was a left crosswind as he crossed the runway threshold. During the landing roll, the variable wind changed to a right crosswind, and the pilot did not adequately compensate for the change in the wind direction. He lost directional control of the airplane, and it departed the left side of the runway and sustained substantial damage to both wings. The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate directional control during the landing roll.

Note from a pilot: "NOTE: I have flown this very aircraft and it do veered hard to the left, even as I applied right rudder. The right rudder (pilot) and left rudder (passenger) are very close and many have been known to accidently pushing left rudder thinking they were pushing right. A ad came out later to enstall a plate the in effect keeps feet on own pedal. When flying with an instructor it is not an issue as their left foot is in the way. Subsequent models of SportStar have come out with different pedals and the bulkhead mod. Not there during this accident obviously, but I bet that was a contributing factor!"

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: WPR12CA077
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 month
Download report: Final report



History of this aircraft

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Revision history:

17-Jan-2012 17:58 Geno Added
18-Jan-2012 00:11 Penu Updated [Time, Nature]
19-Jan-2012 03:23 Alpine Flight Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Nature]
26-Jan-2012 13:46 Geno Updated [Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 17:54 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Feb-2018 15:31 diaster Updated [Narrative]
09-Feb-2018 15:32 harro Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Destination airport, Narrative]

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