Monday, February 29, 2016

North American SNJ-4 , N694US: Accident occurred November 16, 2019 at Heber Valley Airport (KHCR), Wasatch County, Utah -and- Incident occurred February 28, 2016 at Lincoln Regional Airport (KLHM), Placer County, California

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Heber City, UT
Accident Number: WPR20LA025
Date & Time: 11/16/2019, 1430 MST
Registration: N694US
Aircraft: North American SNJ-4
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation - Sightseeing 

On November 16, 2019, about 1430 mountain standard time, a North American SNJ-4 airplane, N694US, was substantially damaged during landing at the Heber Valley Airport (HCR), Heber City, Utah. The airline transport pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Wasatch Flyers LLC under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed an no flight plan was filed for the air tour flight. The local flight originated from HCR about 1400.

The pilot reported that prior to entering the airport traffic pattern, he listened to the airports automated weather observing system, noting the wind was from 340° at 9 knots. The pilot entered the airport traffic pattern for runway 4, a 6,898 ft long and 75 ft wide asphalt runway. Following an uneventful 3-point landing in the tailwheel equipped airplane, the pilot let the airplane roll out and decelerate without applying brakes. About 500 to 700 ft. after touchdown, the airplane veered to the left and despite the pilot's control inputs, exited the left side of the runway. Subsequently the right main landing gear separated, and the airplane came to rest upright.

Examination of the airplane by the pilot revealed that the right wing was structurally damaged. The rudder to tailwheel link rod was found separated from the rudder control horn. The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: North American
Registration: N694US
Model/Series: SNJ-4
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Wasatch Flyers LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHCR, 5637 ft msl
Observation Time: 2135 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / -6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots / , 330°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.21 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Heber City, UT (HCR)
Destination: Heber City, UT (HCR)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 40.478889, -111.433889 (est)

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento  

February 28, 2016: Aircraft landed gear up and struck the propeller.

Date: 28-FEB-16
Time: 22:00:00Z
Regis#: N694US
Aircraft Model: SNJ
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None Damage: Minor
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
State: California

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