Loss of control Accident Just Highlander N7514N,
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Date:Sunday 17 July 2022
Type:Just Highlander
Registration: N7514N
Year of manufacture:2007
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Bennington, OK -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Jones Field Airport, TX (F00)
Destination airport:Jones Field Airport, TX (F00)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On July 17, 2022, about 2000 central daylight time, an experimental Just Highlander, N7514N, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Bennington, Oklahoma. The pilot and passenger sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot and student pilot-rated passenger departed to conduct low-level flight operations over and on a river in a remote area. After not hearing from either occupant, family members initiated a search and found the wreckage several hours later. The airplane came to rest on a remote island in the river, nose-down with the empennage in a near-vertical position. The leading edge of both wings exhibited aft accordion crush damage and the engine was pushed aft into the cabin of the airplane.

Postaccident examination of the wreckage found that the damage to the propeller was consistent with no or low power at the time of the accident. The right fuel tank was breached with no fuel present. The left fuel tank was intact, and a small amount of a white liquid was found inside the tank. The auxiliary fuel tank in the cabin was intact and a small amount of clear blue liquid was found inside the tank. No fuel samples were obtained from the engine and no fuel was recovered during the removal of the airplane from the accident site. The amount of fuel onboard the airplane at the time of departure could not be determined. An examination of the airframe and engine revealed no mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operations. It could not be determined if there was a loss of engine power or not.

The position of the wreckage when it was located and the uniform crush damage to both wings is consistent with the airplane encountering an aerodynamic stall before it impacted the ground. It is likely that the pilot exceeded the airplane’s critical angle of attack at an altitude too low to recover which resulted in a loss of control and impact with terrain.

Toxicology testing detected the potentially sedating antihistamine, cetirizine, in the pilot’s system, but based on the drug’s low level in the pilot’s heart blood, it is unlikely to have caused significant psychomotor effects. Ethanol was detected at low levels in some specimens and not detected in others from the passenger; a postmortem ethanol source was likely, and ethanol likely did not contribute to the crash.

Probable Cause: The pilot’s exceedance of the airplane’s critical angle of attack which resulted in an aerodynamic stall and loss of control.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN22LA321
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 7 months
Download report: Final report







Photos: NTSB

Revision history:

18-Jul-2022 13:34 gerard57 Added
18-Jul-2022 13:35 gerard57 Updated [Source]
18-Jul-2022 17:20 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Location]
18-Jul-2022 17:42 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Source, Narrative]
19-Jul-2022 02:17 johnwg Updated [Date, Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Jul-2022 02:18 johnwg Updated [Category]
19-Jul-2022 06:31 AgOps Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Jul-2022 14:10 Captain Adam Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Jul-2022 15:39 johnwg Updated [Time, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative, Category]
19-Jul-2022 16:15 Captain Adam Updated [Location, Narrative]
26-Jul-2022 21:42 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Category]
01-Aug-2022 06:11 AgOps Updated [Date, Time, Source]
22-Feb-2024 19:46 Captain Adam Updated [Location, Phase, Source, Narrative, Accident report, Photo]
22-Feb-2024 19:46 Captain Adam Updated [Photo]
22-Feb-2024 19:47 Captain Adam Updated [Photo]
22-Feb-2024 19:47 Captain Adam Updated [Photo]

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