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Tail numberN112PM
Accident dateAugust 10, 2009
Aircraft typePongracz John M Nieuport 1
LocationBrasstown, NC
Near 35.044722 N, -83.95 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

HISTORY OF FLIGHT

On August 10, 2009, at 1030 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built, Pongracz Nieuport 11, impacted terrain during takeoff from a private grass strip in Brasstown, North Carolina. The pilot was killed and the airplane incurred substantial damage. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The airplane was operated by a private individual, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, as a personal flight.

Witnesses stated to the responding Federal Aviation Administrator (FAA) inspector that this was the pilot/owner’s initial flight with the airplane. They observed the airplane departing toward the south, which the terrain ascended. The witnesses advised that the normal departure procedures for that grass strip was to depart toward the north, where the terrain descended. The airplane was observed to make a normal takeoff roll. The airplane became airborne, pitched up while maneuvering, and then went straight down. The airplane impacted nose first, coming to rest on its back side, adjacent to the right side of the grass strip; a fire ensued immediately. The airplane’s engine was heard at full power until the ground impact.

PERSONNEL INFORMATION

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate, with ratings for airplane single-engine land and multi-engine land with instrument airplane. The pilot’s last medical certificate was issued in July of 2008; a third-class.

METEOROLOGICAL INFORMATION

The Andrews-Murphy Airport, Andrews, NC, located 11 miles northeast of the accident site, 1039 automatic surface weather observation was: wind calm, visibility 10 miles, sky clear, temperature 27 degrees Celsius ( C ), dew point temperature 21 degrees C and altimeter 30.25 inches of mercury.

WRECAKGE AND IMPACT INFORMATION

Both blades on the wood propeller separated at the base of the crankshaft attachment point. Both wings of the bi-wing structure were bent and distorted from the impact forces. The cockpit section was crushed inward and distorted. The engine and cockpit area incurred post crash fire damage. Several sections of the airplane’s fabric skin were burnt away. Most of the empennage structural remained intact.

The FAA inspector established flight control continuity to all the flight controls. The engine exam did not reveal any discrepancy that would have prevented the engine from producing power.

(c) 2009-2011 Lee C. Baker. For informational purposes only.