Date & Time: Nov 28, 2012 at 1435 LT
Type of aircraft:
Comp Air CA-8
Operator:
Registration:
N155JD
Flight Type:
Demonstration
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Merritt Island - Merritt Island
MSN:
998205
YOM:
2001
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On November 28, 2012, about 1435 eastern standard time, an experimental amateur-built Comp Air 8 (CA-8), N155JD, operated by a commercial pilot, was substantially damaged while landing at the Merritt Island Airport (COI), Merritt Island, Florida. The certificated commercial pilot sustained serious injuries and a passenger sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight that was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. According to a Federal Aviation Administration inspector, the airplane was owned by the pilot, who was flying from Raleigh, North Carolina to COI to show the airplane to a prospective buyer. The pilot reported that the airplane's flight controls became "extremely heavy and unresponsive" while on approach to COI. He subsequently performed a go-around; however, during a second landing attempt the airplane flipped-over after contacting the runway. The airplane's left wing, propeller, and empennage separated during the impact sequence. The airplane's flight controls were electrically actuated. The airplane was recovered from the accident site for examination to be conducted at a later date.