FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Richmond FSDO-21
NTSB Identification: ERA16LA179
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 07, 2016 in Critz, VA
Aircraft: TAYLORCRAFT BC12 D, registration: N43363
Injuries: 1 Serious.
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On May 7, 2016, about 1415 eastern daylight time, a Taylorcraft BC12-D, N43363, registered to and operated by a private individual, collided with trees then the ground during landing at Moorefield's Airstrip (VA27), Critz, Virginia. The private pilot, the sole occupant sustained serious injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was being operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations as a Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated about 45 minutes earlier from Person County Airport (TDF), Roxboro, North Carolina, and was destined for VA27.
The pilot stated that after takeoff the flight proceeded to the destination where he flew over the airstrip and observed the windsock, which indicated the wind favored runway 19. He entered the downwind leg, turned base and final. While on short final approach, about 10 to 15 feet above ground level while in a slight right wing low attitude with left rudder input to correct for a slight right crosswind, the airplane suddenly veered 90 degrees to the left. He added slight power, and impacted the top of a pine sapling. The airplane then descended and impacted the ground. He indicated there was no pre-impact failure or malfunction of the airplane or engine.