Monday, October 13, 2014

American Legend AL3, N167J LLC, N167J: Accident occurred October 11, 2014 at Mulino State Airport (4S9), Mulino, Oregon

N167J LLC: 

 NTSB Identification: WPR15CA009
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 11, 2014 in Mulino, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/15/2014
Aircraft: AMERICAN LEGEND AIRCRAFT CO AL3, registration: N167J
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 stated that he was giving airplane rides to some of his son's teenage friends. He departed the airport with the passenger in the back seat and he allowed the passenger to control the airplane off and on in flight before returning to the airport. The pilot allowed the passenger to fly the airplane around the pattern; the pilot would then take control and accomplish a touch-and-go. They did this three times. During the last approach the pilot took control and put in a left slip to establish the glide slope. As he approached 30 feet above ground level, he attempted to level the wings and neutralize the rudder, however, he could not take out the right rudder input and the airplane continued into a right bank. The pilot added power and continued in a right-hand bank, but could not neutralize the controls. As the airplane came around 360 degrees he reduced the power, and decided to attempt a landing while over the runway. During the landing the right wing tip dragged, then the right balloon tire touched down, and the airplane translated sideways, collapsing the landing gear and nosing over. The wings and vertical stabilizer were substantially damaged. Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed no control abnormalities that would have precluded the normal control and operation of the airplane. The passenger does not recall being in a position where he could have interfered with the controls.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
A loss of aircraft control during approach for landing for reasons that could not be determined because postaccident examination did not reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.


MULINO – A small plane flipped onto its top during while landing at Mulino State Airport Saturday, but the pilot and his passenger walked away, uninjured.

The crash landing is under investigation by the National Traffic Safety Board.

Lt. Mike Everhart of the Molalla Fire District said the pilot told firefighters he was in the process of landing his American Legend AL3, executing a forward slip to drop altitude, around 4 p.m., when the controls froze. The pilot then was unable to straighten out the plane. The right wing and landing gear hit the ground first, flipping the plane onto its top.

Everhart said the pilot, John P. Takacs of Southeast Portland, and his passenger were uninjured.

Everhart said firefighters made sure the plane posed no danger, then secured the scene for federal investigators.

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