Thursday, August 09, 2012

AERONCA 7CCM, N83129: Accident occurred August 07, 2012 in Norridgewock, Maine

NTSB Identification: ERA12CA499
 14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 07, 2012 in Norridgewock, ME
Aircraft: AERONCA 7CCM, registration: N83129
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

The student pilot stated that while landing on runway 21, immediately following contact of the main landing gear onto the runway, the right wing “came up.” The pilot compensated with left rudder and right aileron and kept the aircraft centered on the runway. Shortly thereafter, the right wing raised up a second time. The airplane then departed the right side of the runway and came to rest after the right wing impacted a tree located 270 feet from the runway. A certified flight instructor at the airport stated that the wind favored runway 21 but had reversed direction during the accident flight. A meteorological report from the airport indicated wind from 190 degrees at 3 knots about the time of the accident with no wind speeds exceeding 3 knots throughout the duration of the landing roll. Post-accident inspection revealed substantial damage to the right wing spar. The inspection did not reveal any evidence of preexisting mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. The pilot reported no mechanical malfunctions with the airplane following the accident.

 NORRIDGEWOCK, Maine — An airplane pilot was uninjured after losing control of his plane and crashing into trees on Tuesday morning, police said. 

 Somerset County Sheriff’s Department Cpl. Ritchie Putnam responded to a report of a plane crash at 10:56 a.m. Tuesday at Central Maine Regional Airport, according to Detective Lt. Carl E. Gottardi II.

After David Atwood, 60, of Old Town landed his Aeronca Champ on the runway, he lost control of the plane, which left the runway and crashed into several trees, said Gottardi.

“The pilot was not injured in the crash and the plane sustained damage to its wings and tail section,” said Gottardi.

Gottardi said the Federal Aviation Administration was contacted. The scene was secured by deputies until FAA representatives arrived.

The FAA is investigating, according to a spokesperson for the agency. She said the National Transportation Safety Board will determine probable cause for the crash, but the report will take several months.

  Regis#: 83129        Make/Model: 7CCM      Description: 1946 AERONCA 7CCM
  Date: 08/07/2012     Time: 1510

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

  City: NORRIDGEWOCK   State: ME   Country: US


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: Landing      Operation: OTHER

  FAA FSDO: PORTLAND, ME  (EA65)                  Entry date: 08/08/2012

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