Runway excursion Accident Evektor Sportstar N902HB, Thursday 5 July 2018
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Date:Thursday 5 July 2018
Time:15:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic EVSS model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Evektor Sportstar
Owner/operator:Total Flight Aircraft Leasing Llc
Registration: N902HB
MSN: 2006 0604
Year of manufacture:2006
Engine model:Bombardier Rotax
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:near Triangle North Executive Airport (KLHZ), Louisburg, NC -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Louisburg-Franklin County Airport, NC (LFN/KLHZ)
Destination airport:Louisburg-Franklin County Airport, NC (LFN/KLHZ)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
The solo student pilot reported that, after completing a touch-and-go landing without incident, during the takeoff, the airplane drifted left off the runway toward a wooded area. He attempted to slow and stop the airplane, but it struck a culvert, which "launched" the airplane back into the air. He then increased the engine power to full, pitched the nose up, flew the airplane back into the traffic pattern, and landed without further incident. 
After taking time to gather himself, the student took off again, this time to conduct a basic navigation exercise in the local area, but he became disoriented and used the airplane's GPS to return to the departure airport. The student stated that he was distracted during the downwind leg due to the previous runway excursion and the navigation issues he experienced during the accident flight and allowed the airspeed to decrease, which resulted in the airplane stalling. While making the turn to base, the student overcorrected with left rudder, which resulted in the airplane entering a spin and subsequently colliding with trees.   
The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings.
The student reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The student pilot's distraction due to a previous runway excursion and navigational issues during the accident flight and his failure to maintain adequate airspeed and his exceedance of the airplane’s critical angle of attack during the downwind leg, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall/spin. 

Accident investigation:
cover
  
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: GAA18CA394
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Download report: Final report

Sources:

NTSB

FAA register: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=902HB

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Photo: FAA

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Jul-2018 22:36 Geno Added
10-Jun-2019 06:46 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]
10-Jun-2019 14:14 harro Updated [Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Photo]

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