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Aeronca Champ 7AC, N85510: Incident occurred April 30, 2016 at Dillant-Hopkins Airport (KEEN), Keene, Cheshire County, New Hampshire

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA174
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 30, 2016 in Keene, NH
Aircraft: AMERICAN CHAMPION AIRCRAFT 7AC, registration: N85510
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On April 30, 2015, about 1615 eastern daylight time, an American Champion Aircraft 7AC, N85510, was substantially damaged while landing at Dillant-Hopkins Airport (EEN), Keene, New Hampshire. The sport pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual as a personal flight conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight, which originated from EEN about 1610.

The sport pilot reported that he had completed one touch-and-go landing uneventfully at EEN and was planning a second landing to a full stop. He performed a three-point touchdown on runway 2, a 6,201-foot-long, 100-foot-wide, asphalt runway. The sport pilot added that during the touchdown, he held the control stick completely aft, when the tailwheel began to shimmy and the airplane departed the left side of the runway. The airplane traveled over grass and impacted an approach light indicator, before coming to rest upright. The sport pilot further stated that the tailwheel on that particular model was supposed to remain locked during landing, but had unlocked at touchdown.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed damage to the fuselage and right wing. The inspector also observed that the tailwheel locking mechanism appeared worn.

The recorded weather at EEN, at 1615, included wind from 210 degrees at 7 knots, visibility 10 miles, and clear sky.

Monadnock Aviation manager Chris DeLaVergne relays information at the site of a small plane crash at Dillant-Hopkins Airport in Swanzey on Saturday afternoon. A strong crosswind during landing is thought to be the reason for the crash. Neither the pilot nor a passenger was injured, but the small plane was damaged.

NORTH SWANZEY — A small plane had a rough — and likely expensive — landing at the Keene Dillant-Hopkins Airport Saturday afternoon.

Keene Fire Chief Mark F. Howard said the single-engine recreational aircraft was coming in from the south to land at the airport when it went off the west side of the main runway.

Two people were on the plane, but no injuries were reported, he said.

However, the plane took down at least five lights along the runway, which caused damage to the aircraft, he said.

He said airport staff were contacting the Federal Aviation Administration to report the crash.

Chris De LaVergne, a manager with Monadnock Aviation, said the plane sustained moderate damage, but it would be hard to determine if it was salvageable until a mechanic looked at it.

He said he couldn’t release information about who owns the plane, which was company policy.

Airport Manager John G. “Jack” Wozmak, in a phone message left Saturday evening, referred all inquires about the crash to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The crash was reported at 4:30 p.m.; members of the Keene and Swanzey fire departments responded to the scene.

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