Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Silvaire LUSCOMBE 8A, N28437; accident occurred April 18, 2016 at Skagit Regional Airport (KBVS), Burlington, Skagit County, Washington -Kathryn's Report


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Seattle FSDO-01

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA193
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, April 18, 2016 in Burlington, WA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/14/2016
Aircraft: SILVAIRE LUSCOMBE 8A, registration: N28437
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 of the tailwheel-equipped airplane, he was practicing stop and go landings on an asphalt runway. He reported that during the third landing, he continued his landing roll to turn off the runway. He reported that he applied the brakes in order to slow down, but inadvertently applied too much pressure to both heel brakes. He recalled that due to the excessive braking the airplane veered right, and then veered left and the airplane subsequently exited the runway to the left and ground looped. Substantial damage was sustained to the right wing. 

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical failures or anomalies with the airplane prior to or during the flight that would have prevented normal flight operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's excessive application of the brakes during the landing roll, resulting in a loss of directional control, runway excursion, and ground loop.

BURLINGTON — No one was believed to be hurt when a small airplane crashed Monday evening while landing at Skagit Regional Airport.

The crash, which happened about 5 p.m., was attributed to malfunctioning landing gear, said Andrew Entrikin, a spokesman for the Port of Skagit, which operates the airport.

Port officials believe two people were on board the plane when it crashed, but that number was not confirmed Tuesday.

The plane was identified as a fixed-wing, single-engine Luscombe 8A.

Entrikin said the aircraft was en route from Anacortes Airport, and its pilot had been practicing “touch-and-go” maneuvers, where a plane lands, then quickly takes off again. The maneuvers are used by pilots for routine training.

The aircraft received significant damage to its landing gear, propeller and sections of its fuselage, Entrikin said.

Federal Aviation Administration officials were at the airport Tuesday to inspect the plane and decide if further investigation is needed, a process that will likely continue for several days, he said.

Deputies with the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene Tuesday morning, but the sheriff’s office is not involved in the investigation.

The airport’s runways remained open Tuesday.

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