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|Accident date||October 18, 2008|
|Aircraft type||Heisler Lancair Legacy|
Near 37.859444 N, -112.815833 W
NTSB descriptionOn October 18, 2008, about 1400 mountain daylight time, N151HT, a Heisler Lancair Legacy, collided with terrain shortly after takeoff from the Parowan Airport, Parowan, Utah. The pilot was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The airline transport pilot was killed and the passenger sustained serious injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed.
According to law enforcement personnel, the pilot owned a cabin in the Parowan area and rented a hangar at the Parowan Airport. At the time of the accident, he was returning to North Las Vegas Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada, where the airplane was based.
Witnesses reported that the airplane departed from runway 04 and climbed to an estimated 400 to 500 feet above ground level. The witnesses said that initially they thought that the airplane was a cropduster because it remained at such a low altitude. The airplane then entered a left turn and witnesses saw objects fall, "...off of or out of the airplane." The airplane continued in a left turn and lost altitude until the left wing tip impacted the ground and the witnesses saw a cloud of dust at the area of impact.
Law enforcement personnel that initially responded to the accident site went to the area specified by the witnesses as the location where the objects departed the airplane. At this location, personal effects including clothing were identified.
An inspector from the Salt Lake City, Utah, Federal Aviation Administration Flight Standards District Office, responded to the accident scene. The debris field was approximately 200 feet in length on flat terrain. The first identified point of impact contained green lens fragments and the main wreckage came to rest facing northeast. One propeller blade had separated from the propeller assembly and was identified in the debris field.
At 1353, an aviation routine weather report (METAR) at Cedar City Regional Airport, Cedar City, Utah, located approximately 17 nautical miles southwest of the accident site, was reporting, in part: wind, 170 degrees at 10 knots and gusting to 21 knots; visibility, 10 statute miles; sky condition, clear; temperature, 73 degrees Fahrenheit; dew point, 19 degrees Fahrenheit; altimeter, 30.21 inHg. According to initial responders, the wind conditions reported at Cedar City were consistent with winds in the Parowan area at the time of the accident.