Thursday, December 20, 2012

Grumman American AA-5 Traveler, N5813L: Accident occurred December 20, 2012 in Hot Springs, Virginia

NTSB Identification: ERA13CA090 
 14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, December 20, 2012 in Hot Springs, VA
Aircraft: AMERICAN AA-5, registration: N5813L
Injuries: 2 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.

 According to the pilot, the airplane experienced light turbulence during the final approach to runway 7 and the wind sock indicated a direct crosswind from the right. The airplane touched down on the runway, bounced, and the pilot added engine power. As the power increased, the attitude of the airplane increased, and the pilot attempted to level the airplane. Then, the stall warning horn sounded, the right wing of the airplane lifted, and the airplane turned about 45 degrees off the runway centerline. The airplane subsequently impacted the ground near a taxiway off the left side of the runway, and struck several trees prior to coming to rest, which resulted in substantial damage to both wings. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. The wind reported at the airport about the time of the accident was from 140 degrees at 8 knots gusting to 17 knots.

  Regis#: 5813L        Make/Model: AA5       Description: AA-5 Traveler, Cheetah, Tiger
  Date: 12/20/2012     Time: 1615

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

  City: HOT SPRINGS   State: VA   Country: US


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

  Activity: Pleasure      Phase: Landing      Operation: OTHER

  FAA FSDO: RICHMOND, VA  (EA21)                  Entry date: 12/21/2012 

BATH COUNTY, Va.— No one was hurt when a single-engine plane crashed while trying to land in Bath County Thursday.  The crash happened Thursday morning at Ingalls Field, a few miles south of Hot Springs.  An airport manager said wind may have been a factor.  The airport, located on top of a mountain, has been experiencing gusty winds and snow showers.  Virginia State Police troopers are investigating the incident.

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