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Crash location 36.686944°N, 77.482778°W
Reported location is a long distance from the NTSB's reported nearest city. This often means that the location has a typo, or is incorrect.
Nearest city Emporia, VA
36.685983°N, 77.542481°W
3.3 miles away
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Tail number N524SC
Accident date 23 Dec 2008
Aircraft type CZECH AIRCRAFT WORKS SportCruiser
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On December 23, 2008, about 1445 eastern standard time, a Czech Aircraft Works SportCruiser, N1044Y, was substantially damaged during landing at Emporia-Greensville Regional Airport (EMV), Emporia, Virginia. The student pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which departed Chesapeake Regional Airport (CPK), Norfolk, Virginia at approximately 1354. No flight plan was filed for the solo cross-country training flight conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the operator, the student pilot, while in the airport traffic pattern for landing on runway 15 at EMV, encountered a "strong wind gust." during the downwind to base turn. He then "encountered difficulty" in "getting the plane on the runway." During the "flare" the airplane floated. The student applied a "small amount of power," to keep the airplane from stalling, and as the airplane continued to fly above the runway it began to drift to the left. After the airplane "touched down," the student heard and felt, the left main landing gear impact something.

According to the Airport Facility Directory, EMV had one runway oriented in a 15/33 configuration. Runway 15 was 5044 feet long and 100 feet wide. Its surface was asphalt in fair condition. The runway markings were non-precision in poor condition and the runway edge markings were badly faded. A 2-light precision approach path indicator was installed on the left side of the runway that provided a 3-degree glide path.

Examination of runway 15 by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed, that a runway light on the left side of the runway had been broken off at its base. The housing displayed impact damage and its lens was broken.

Examination of the airplane revealed no preimpact malfunctions of the airframe or engine. The fuselage skin was wrinkled on the left side of the airframe above the wing fuselage juncture and a vertical line of rivets had pulled through the fuselage skin. The main support structure, which the left main landing gear was mounted to, was bent and the surrounding fuselage skin was wrinkled. The left main landing gear had been displaced aft by approximately 3 inches. The nose landing gear assembly had also been displaced and twisted to the left, and the center console and the interior flooring were bent and buckled.

According to FAA and maintenance records, the airplane was manufactured in 2007. It was registered in the Special Light Sport Aircraft category. The airplane’s most recent conditional inspection was completed on December 5, 2008. At the time of the accident, the airplane had accumulated 658 total hours of operation.

According to pilot records, the student pilot did not possess a FAA medical certificate. He reported 21 total hours of flight experience.

A weather observation taken at EMV, about 5 minutes prior to the accident, included; variable winds from 120 degrees to 200 degrees at 7 knots, 10 statute miles visibility, sky clear, temperature 3 degrees Celsius, dew point -11 degree Celsius, and an altimeter setting of 30.63 inches of mercury.

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