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PostPosted: Mon Aug 18, 2014 8:58 pm    Post subject: Emailing: CEN14FA400.htm Reply with quote

NTSB Identification: CEN14FA400
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, July 31, 2014 in Lisbon, ND
Aircraft: LARRY KETTERLING FEW P-51 MUSTANG, registration: N116LK
Injuries: 1 Fatal.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 31, 2014, about 1930 central daylight time, an amateur-built Ketterling FEW P-51 Mustang airplane, N116LK, impacted an agricultural field following a loss of control near Lisbon, North Dakota. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, was fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a post-impact fire. The aircraft was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The local flight originated from the Lisbon Municipal Airport (6L3), Lisbon, North Dakota, at an unconfirmed time.

The airplane was a 2/3 scale replica of a World War II North American P-51D fighter airplane. It was constructed of predominately composite materials and employed a retractable conventional (tailwheel) landing gear arrangement. It could seat two people in a tandem seating arrangement. A Chevrolet Corvette LS-1 engine powered the airplane through a propeller reduction drive.

The airplane impacted a level wheat field about 3 nautical miles north of 6L3. All of the airplane's flight control surfaces were located in the immediate area of the wreckage site. The tail surfaces were separated from the fuselage but remained predominately intact. The left elevator was separated from the horizontal stabilizer. The right elevator and rudder remained attached to the horizontal and vertical stabilizers respectively. The right wing and fuselage forward of the empennage was almost completely consumed by fire. The left wing was intact and exhibited crushing of the leading edge and fire damage to the root end of the wing. Examination of the airplane's flight control system did not reveal any anomalies or defects attributable to a pre-impact failure or malfunction. The engine's crankshaft could not be fully rotated due to crushing damage to the oil pan and windage tray. However, partial rotation confirmed crankshaft and camshaft continuity. The engine used automotive components for the ignition and fuel injection systems.
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