Accident Denney Kitfox 3 N876KF, Sunday 2 January 2011
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Date:Sunday 2 January 2011
Time:13:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic FOX model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Denney Kitfox 3
Owner/operator:John Roman
Registration: N876KF
MSN: 876
Engine model:Bombardier Rotax
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Carlisle, Arkansas -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:North Little Rock Municipal Airport, AR (KORK)
Destination airport:Carlisle, AR (4M3)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot was landing his single-engine experimental airplane in calm wind conditions, when the left main gear collapsed upon touchdown. The airplane veered to the right and the pilot attempted to keep the airplane on the runway by applying engine power and right aileron; however, the airplane exited the runway and spun, which resulted in structural damage to the fuselage. A postaccident examination of the left main landing gear strut revealed that the strut failed due to a pre-existing crack in the weld joint. The crack would not have been readily visible to the pilot during a pre-flight inspection due to the construction of the strut. The bracing around the strut exhibited signs of distress with twisted and shiny fracture surfaces. No other anomalies were found with the airplane.

Probable Cause: Failure of the left main landing gear strut due to a pre-existing crack in the weld joint.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN11CA143
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 months
Download report: Final report




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