Thursday, August 01, 2013

Luscombe 8A Silvaire, N45957: Accident occurred July 31, 2013 at Ellinwood Municipal Airport (1K6), Barton County, Kansas

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: CEN13CA453
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 31, 2013 in Ellinwood, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/05/2013
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8A, registration: N45957
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.

The pilot reported that he lost directional control of the airplane during the takeoff roll. The airplane encountered soft ground conditions when it reached the shoulder of the runway. The airplane went into the adjoining field and nosed over, resulting in substantial damage to the airplane’s fuselage and empennage. The pilot reported that there was no malfunction or system failure of the airplane before the accident.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:

The pilot failed to maintain directional control during takeoff.

ELLINWOOD — At 1:52 p .m. on July 31st, 2013, a small pleasure aircraft was attempting to take off from the Ellinwood airport, but didn’t have enough altitude and crashed. 

The pilot, 58 year old Michael Yagel of Raymond, was attempting to take off in a 1946  Luscombe 8A Silvaire plane.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol Crash log, he tried to abort, lost direction control and flipped off the runway into a milo field.

Yagel and passenger 66-year-old  Leonard Maberry of Ellinwood, refused transport to the hospital.

The Federal Aviation Administration was at the airport  August 1st, 2013 morning investigating the crash.