Loss of control Accident Lancair 360 N3603R, Thursday 1 January 2009
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Date:Thursday 1 January 2009
Type:Silhouette image of generic LNC2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Lancair 360
Registration: N3603R
MSN: 238-320-007
Total airframe hrs:1446 hours
Engine model:Lycoming O-360-A1A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Joliet Regional Airport, IL. -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Joliet, IL (JOT)
Destination airport:Watertown, WI (RYV)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot landed with 4 to 5 gallons of fuel on board following a 4.5-hour cross-country flight. After landing, the pilot made numerous attempts to locate fuel in order to continue the flight so that his passenger could be at work in the morning. The pilot left a note and money after having siphoned fuel from another airplane parked at the airport. After about 2 hours and 45 minutes on the ground, the airplane took off again. Impact marks indicate that the airplane stalled during the takeoff, impacting the terrain with the left wing prior to catching fire and coming to rest inverted. The accident occurred at night as the airplane was departing on the second leg of a cross-country flight. Calculations show that the airplane was slightly over the maximum gross takeoff weight and the center of gravity (CG) was slightly aft of the aft limit at the time of the accident. A pilot of another single-engine airplane, who landed a few minutes after the accident airplane landed, and who took off about 30 minutes later (which would have been about 2 hours before the accident) reported that he had to wipe a “slight frost buildup” off of his wings and tail with a towel prior to takeoff. The investigation could not determine whether the slight frost, slight overgross condition, or slight aft CG contributed, either individually or in combination, to the aerodynamic stall of the airplane. Additionally, several people reported that it was not uncommon to see deer on the airport property and one person reported seeing many deer on the runway earlier in the day prior to when the pilot landed; however the investigation could not determine whether deer were present on the runway at the time of the accident.
Probable Cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain adequate flying speed during the night takeoff for undetermined reasons, which resulted in an inadvertent aerodynamic stall and subsequent loss of control

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN09FA111
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 5 months
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

02-Jan-2009 00:30 harro Added
02-Jan-2009 07:00 harro Updated
04-Jan-2009 01:35 angels one five Updated
05-Jan-2009 12:11 Anon. Updated
24-Jan-2009 22:42 Anon. Updated
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
01-Dec-2017 11:39 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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