Thursday, December 31, 2015

Pipistrel Virus, N145VS, Pipsqueak Aviation LLC: Accident occurred December 01, 2015 near Centennial Airport (KAPA), Englewood, Arapahoe County, Colorado

Pipsqueak Aviation LLC:

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA053
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, December 01, 2015 in Englewood, CO
Aircraft: PIPISTREL VIRUS, registration: N145VS
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On December 1, 2015, about 1950 mountain standard time, a Pipistrel Virus airplane, N145VS, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power near Centennial Airport (KAPA), Englewood, Colorado. The commercial pilot and his passenger were not injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 without a flight plan. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The cross country flight departed Sayre Municipal Airport (3O4), Sayre, Oklahoma, about 1710, and was en route to Erie Municipal Airport (KEIK), Erie, Colorado. 

While en route the pilot assessed that the fuel was not adequate to complete the flight as previously planned. It did not appear that fuel was draining from the right tank. While preparing to land, the engine lost power. The pilot performed a forced landing to a field. During the forced landing, the airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted. The lower fuselage and the engine mount were substantially damaged.

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