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Tail numberN184GT
Accident dateOctober 21, 2008
Aircraft typeMoses Tim C Quicksilver
LocationWingate, NC
Near 35.055833 N, -80.45 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On October 21, 2008, at 1245 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur built, Quicksilver GT-500, impacted terrain during a force landing near Arant Airport (1NC6), Wingate, NC. The commercial rated flight instructor received serious injuries and the dual student was killed. 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 an instructional flight.

A witness stated that he saw the accident airplane takeoff from outside his hangar. Moments later he heard a “noise” and then did not hear the airplane anymore. He believed that they may have been practicing emergency maneuvers but decided to go check on them and discovered they had crashed. Another witness stated that he was preparing to fly his airplane from the same grass strip. He earlier seen the accident airplane (184GT) flying and land, only to take off again just ahead of the witness’s anticipated takeoff. The witness observed 184GT takeoff from inside his airplane as he continued his ground run-up check. Shortly after, he heard over his radio “184GT making emergency landing”. The witness looked up through the windshield to see 184GT about 100 feet off the ground making a 30-degree turn towards the landing strip; whence it just departed from. The left wing dropped abruptly and the airplane descended at a very steep angle into the field.

The flight instructor stated that he was giving the student, the airplane owner, flight instruction to get him ready for the practical portion for the private pilot license. They had flown the day prior practicing flight maneuvers and procedures. On the day of the accident, they were on a cross country flight and were returning back to 1NC6. The student performed a short field landing. They turned right around to depart from runway 16 to conduct pattern work. The takeoff was normal from the 2,300 foot long grass strip. The runway has a 500 foot runoff at the end and then it dog leg's toward the left. The airplane was climbing at 60 mph. When they were about 200 feet above the ground, the engine rapidly lost power until it quit. The student continued flying the airplane and the instructor called out the airspeeds and coached the student throughout the maneuver. There were trees to the right and high tension lines ahead of them. The best direction was to turn to the left and try to make it back to the departing runway. The aft mounted engine on the airplane restricts the airflow over the rudder and elevator controls when it’s not running. The student did not panic and was doing a good job turning. He had to turn, lower the nose for airspeed, turn, and lower the nose to maintain 60 mph. Since insufficient altitude was gained during the takeoff climb, they were not able to make it back to the runway. Just ahead of them there was an open corn field; however, the terrain was rolling and uneven. Just before the landing, the instructor assisted the student to help flare for the landing. The airplane came in flat, at about 60 mph, the left main gear touched the ground first and then nose wheel, which dug into the ground. The front section of the airplane was torn apart as the airplane flipped.

The airplane crashed approximately 100 yards southwest of the south end of the landing strip in a cut corn field. The front section of the airplane was crushed and ripped open. The back seat area remained intact. No external damage was observed on the aft mounted Hirth engine. One of three blades of the propeller broke at mid point when it made contact with the ground. Fuel was observed at the accident site.

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