FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Lubbock FSDO-13
NTSB Identification: GAA16CA269
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 28, 2016 in Midland, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/25/2016
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8, registration: N72087
Injuries: 1 Minor.
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 of a tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that during the landing roll, a gust of wind lifted the right wing "straight up into the air." The pilot further reported that she attempted to regain control, but the airplane continued to the left and impacted terrain next to the runway in a side load configuration, which resulted in a main landing gear collapse. The fuselage and both wings were substantially damaged.
The airport's automated weather observing system, about the time of the accident, reported the wind at 180 degrees true at 10 knots, gusting to 21 knots, for the landing on runway 28.
The pilot did not report any mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll in gusty crosswind conditions, which resulted in a ground-loop, main landing gear collapse and collision with terrain.
A single-engine airplane crashed Saturday at Midland International Air & Space Port, according to a report from the Department of Public Safety.
The DPS reported that one woman was injured with “non-incapacitating injuries” after a single-engine Luscombe rolled over after landing at Midland International.
According to the DPS, Patricia Ann Reakes-Collins, 53, of Midland was the pilot of the Luscombe that was traveling north when it landed on runway 28 at about 12:15 p.m.
A high wind gust lifted the airplane back into the air and forced it to fly on its left side.
The airplane, according to DPS, crashed on its propeller and then rolled over partially onto the runway.
The airplane came to rest upright, facing southwest.
The National Weather Service, in its 11:53 p.m. report, shows winds out of the southwest at 5 mph. However in its 12:53 p.m. report, the NWS said winds were out of the south at 12 mph, gusting to 24 mph.
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