Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Little River Airpark Airport

Mcalpin, Florida 32062
Saturday, September 21, 2002 11:50 EDT

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The airplane impacted terrain in a nose low pitch attitude after the private pilot lost control during a turn from base to final approach. Witnesses located at the arrival airport reported the accident airplane flew a fairly "tight" right downwind pattern for runway 36 that was a "little low" (about 650 to 750 feet above ground level [agl]). The surface winds were from the east, and according to the witnesses, the result was that the pilot overshot his turn to final approach. The pilot corrected back toward the centerline in a fairly steep bank when the airplane was observed to enter a roll to the right, the nose dropped toward the ground. The witnesses then lost sight of the airplane as it descended behind trees in a nose low pitch attitude. Witnesses estimated the altitude of the airplane at the time of the roll was between 300 and 350 feet agl. The private pilot flew the airplane once within the preceding 6 months and twice within the past 12 months. No anomalies with the airframe or engines were noted that would have prevented their normal operation. According to the fixed-based operator, where the airplane was based, fueling personnel added 10 gallons to each wing prior to the accident flight; however, they were not sure what the airplane's total fuel quantity was. The unusable fuel quantity was 6.1 gallons. The fuel consumption rate varied between 24.4 and 33.0 gallons per hour depending on the power setting, and the accident flight lasted 35 minutes. No fuel was found in the fuel system components for the right engine with the exception of the fuel manifold. It was possible that the right engine's fuel supply line may have become unported during the steep bank to final; however, with an unknown fuel quantity, this could not be determined conclusively. Toxicology tests performed on the pilot were positive for tramadol (prescription painkiller) and chlorpheniramine (antihistamine, commonly used in over-the-counter cold/allergy preparations). Side effects for the drugs include dizziness, sleepiness, and performance degradation for complex cognitive and motor tasks. It is likely the use of the two drugs impaired the pilot's judgment and performance in pre-flight planning and in the flight itself.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
the pilot's failure to maintain an adequate airspeed to sustain controlled flight, which resulted in an inadvertent stall during a turn from base to final. A contributing factor was the pilot's use of judgment and performance impairing drugs.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date9/21/2002 
Event Day of the WeekSaturday 
Time of Event1150 
Event Time ZoneEastern Daylight Time 
Event CityMcAlpin 
Event StateFLORIDA 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site32062 
Event Date Year2002 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude300606N 
Event Location Longitude0825405W 
Event Location AirportLittle River Airpark 
Event Location Nearest Airport ID-- 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOff Airport/Airstrip 
Distance from airport in statute miles
Degrees magnetic from airport195 
Airport Elevation94 
Weather Briefing CompletenessNot pertinent 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1053 Eastern Daylight Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)155 
Weather Observation Facility IDGNV 
Elevation of weather observation facility-- 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)43 
Time Zone of the weather observationEDT 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height-- 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height-- 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsClear 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)-- 
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)-- 
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)29 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)22 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)100 
Variable Wind IndicatorWind direction could be determined 
Wind Speed (knots)
Wind Velocity Indicator -- 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots) -- 
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 29.92 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of Precipitation-- 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryFatal 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries-- 
On Ground, Minor Injuries-- 
On Ground, Serious Injuries-- 
Injury Total Fatal
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None-- 
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)18005 
NTSB Notification SourceFAA Comm Ctr-SE  
NTSB Notification DateSep 21 2002 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time1340 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationDMS 
Date of most recent change to recordJul 7 2005 10:33AM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\JOHB  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District OfficeTampa 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN86GW 
NTSB NumberMIA02FA170 
Missing Aircraft Indicator-- 
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?No 
DamageDestroyed 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameBeagle Aircraft 
Aircraft ModelB-206 Series 2 
Aircraft Series Identifier-- 
Aircraft Serial Number046 
Certified Max Gross Weight7500 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassU.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearFixed 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionAnnual 
Date of Last InspectionFeb 12 2002 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection3.3 
Airframe Hours3381.3 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedNo 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameSMM, Inc. 
Aircraft Owner Street Address2723 Holly Point Rd. E. 
Aircraft Owner CityOrange Park 
Aircraft Owner StateFL 
Aircraft Owner CountryUSA  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode32073 
Operator is an individual?No 
Operator Name-- 
Operator Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Street Address-- 
Operator City-- 
Operator State-- 
Operator Country-- 
Operator Zip code-- 
Operator Code-- 
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?-- 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 Operation-- 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Personal 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventNo 
Departure Airport Code23J  
Departure CityJacksonville 
Departure StateFL 
Departure CountryUSA 
Departure Time1115 
Departure Time ZoneEDT 
Destination Same as Local Fltcrash at destination city 
Destination Airport Code-- 
Destination CityMcAlpin 
Destination StateFL 
Destination CountryUSA 
Specific Phase of FlightApproach - VFR pattern - base leg/base to final 
Report sent to ICAO?Yes 
Evacuation occurredNo 
Date of most recent change to recordMay 13 2005 10:28AM 
User who most recently changed recordKENJ  
Since inspection or accidentTime of Accident 
Event Location Runway Number and Location36 
Runway Length3500 
Runway Width150 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--