Friday, July 04, 2014

Cessna 170, N170CC: Accident occurred July 04, 2014 in Tomball, Texas

National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Final Report:  

National Transportation Safety Board  -   Docket And Docket Items:

National Transportation Safety Board  -  Aviation Accident Data Summary:

NTSB Identification: CEN14CA343
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, July 04, 2014 in Tomball, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/14/2014
Aircraft: CESSNA 170B, registration: N170CC
Injuries: 1 Minor,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 reported that he was conducting practice takeoffs and full-stop landings with the airplane owner in the right seat for the purposes of achieving tailwheel airplane currency. The airplane insurance company required pilots to be checked out by the airplane owner before naming them on the policy. The airplane owner was not a flight instructor. The pilot stated that on the second landing, the airplane touched down on the runway centerline and on all three wheels simultaneously. As the airplane slowed, it began to veer to the left. The pilot responded with right rudder input. The airplane subsequently veered to the right "more assertively" than he had intended. Rather than risk striking a runway light while attempting to keep the airplane on the runway, he elected to enter what appeared to be an open grass area adjacent to the runway pavement. However, about 25 feet into the grass, the airplane encountered "marshy area" with standing water and soft mud, causing it to nose over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer and fuselage. The pilot stated that there were no failures or malfunctions associated with the airplane before the accident. He commented that he had received a tailwheel airplane endorsement about 3 years before the accident, with limited tailwheel airplane time accumulated since then. He added that the airplane owner suggested that he be more "assertive with the rudders" after the pilot's initial landing during the accident flight.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's loss of directional control during landing rollout, which resulted in a runway excursion and the tailwheel airplane nosing over.


Two people have been injured after a plane crashed and flipped over at Hooks Airport in Spring, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The agency says a single-engine Cessna 170 with two people on board crashed Friday afternoon the airport at 20803 Stuebner Airline Road and FM 2920. According to the FAA, the plane was doing touch-and-go landings, when the aircraft flipped over.

We're told both occupants suffered minor injuries. Their conditions are not known at this time.

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