Depart(ed) From Runway 19 At Buena Terra Airport (33KS) And Entered A Near Vertical Climb

Location: Topeka, KS Accident Number: WPR22FA254
Date & Time: July 16, 2022, 11:53 Local Registration: N283S
Aircraft: Stucky Steven D RV-7 Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation – Personal

On July 16, 2022, about 1153 central daylight time, an experimental amateur-bult, RV-7, N283S, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Topeka, Kansas. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

A witness reported that, he observed the airplane depart from runway 19 at Buena Terra airport (33KS) and entered a near vertical climb. The airplane’s nose dropped with a turn to the right and entered a nose-low near vertical descent until it impacted terrain at the departure end of runway 19. Other witnesses reported that the airplane attained an altitude of about 150-200 feet above ground level before the nose dropped.

Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane came to rest upright after it impacted in an open grass field about 375 ft southwest of the departure end of runway 19. The wreckage came to rest on a heading of about 340° magnetic, at an altitude of 1,023 ft mean sea level. No visible ground scars were observed in the area near the wreckage. All major structural components of the airplane were located at the accident location.

The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.