Sunday, July 22, 2012

Pitts S1S (Mfr. Perner), N714H: Accident occurred July 16, 2017 at Brenham Municipal Airport (11R) , Washington County, Texas and Incident occurred July 21, 2012 at Northeast Florida Regional Airport ( KSGJ), St. Augustine, Florida

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA417
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 16, 2017 in Brenham, TX
Aircraft: PERNER/PITTS S1S, registration: N714H
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during touchdown the airplane bounced and he applied power to go-around. He added that, the "yaw factor" affected the go-around and the left wing struck the runway, followed by the propeller, which resulted in the airplane cartwheeling off the runway to the left. The airplane stopped between hangars about 375 ft. from the runway.

The left and right wings sustained substantial damage. 

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

  Regis#: 714H        Make/Model: EXP       Description: PITTS S1S
  Date: 07/21/2012     Time: 1614

  Event Type: Incident   Highest Injury: None     Mid Air: N    Missing: N
  Damage: Unknown

  City: SAINT AUGUSTINE   State: FL   Country: US

Aircraft went off the end of the runway and flipped over.

INJURY DATA      Total Fatal:   0
                 # Crew:   1     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Pass:   0     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Grnd:         Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    

  Activity: Unknown      Phase: Unknown      Operation: OTHER

  FAA FSDO: ORLANDO, FL  (SO15)                   Entry date: 07/24/2012 

St. Johns County Fire Rescue personnel inspect a biplane after it crashed at the Northeast Florida Regional Airport on July 21, 2012. 


ST. AUGUSTINE -- A Weirsdale man was not injured and his experimental plane suffered only minor damage when the aircraft flipped onto its roof after landing, according to a Florida Highway Patrol trooper report. 

 Edward McCaskill told Trooper Dennis Shorter after landing the plane on runway 24 at St. Augustine Airport on Saturday that he ran out of runway, causing the plane to move into a grassy area, just west of the runway.

The front landing gear was stuck in the ground, causing the plane to overturn onto its roof, the FHP said.

McCaskill managed to walk away without any injury, while damage to the aircraft was estimated at $700, the report said.

The 56-year-old McCaskill was the only one on board the Pitts SIS, which was removed from the runway area and taken to a hanger.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified about the incident, which officials said occurred around 12:20 p.m.

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Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Dennis Shorter was called to the Northeast Florida Regional Airport at St Augustine on July 21, 2012 to investigate the crash of a privately owned experimental airplane that ran out of runway after landing. 

 The red, white and blue 1967 Pitts S1S biplane, piloted by 56 year-old Edward McCaskill, Jr., the owner of Alligator Irrigation and Landscaping in Weirsdale, landed west on Runway 24. McCaskill was unable to stop the aircraft before it went into the grass area, just west of the runway.

The front landing gear dug into the dirt, causing the plane to overturn onto its roof.

McCaskill was the only person on board and was not injured in the crash, Shorter reported. The plane sustained about $700 in damage.

Kelvin Harvey, the airport’s operation manager, contacted the Federal Aviation Administration to report the incident. The airplane was turned back onto its landing gear and then removed from the runway and taken to a hanger as the investigation continues.


A red, white and blue biplane traveled off a runway and flipped at the Northeast Florida Regional Airport on July 21, 2012, according to a Florida Highway Patrol Report.

The pilot, Edward McCaskill, 56, of Weirsdale, Fla., was not injured in the accident. He was the only person on board.

McCaskill had been flying a 1967 Pitts S1S biplane and came in to land around 12:30 p.m.

After he landed on runway 24, the plane went into the grass west of the runway, according to the report. The front landing gear went into the dirt, and the plane flipped and landed on its roof.

The plane’s landing gear was removed from the runway, and the plane was taken to a hangar.

The plane sustained $700 in damage.

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