Monday, June 06, 2016

American Aviation AA-1A, N6391L; accident occurred June 05, 2016 in Lone Pine, Inyo County, California -Kathryn's Report

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Las Vegas FSDO-19

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA289
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 05, 2016 in Lone Pine, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/14/2016
Aircraft: AMERICAN AVIATION AA 1A, registration: N6391L
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.

The pilot reported that during the landing roll on a backcountry dirt airstrip, the left wing lifted due to a gust of wind. The pilot further reported that he maintained a faster than normal ground roll by alleviating pressure on the brakes and maintaining some power to taxi up the incline of the airstrip, which was recommended in a YouTube video. As the end of the runway approached, the pilot reported that he was unable to stop the airplane or abort the landing. The airplane overran the runway and hit a dirt berm, which resulted in a nose gear collapse, a nose-over, and substantial damage to the fuselage.

The pilot reported there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's incorrect brake and power application during landing, which resulted in a runway overrun, collision with a dirt berm, nose gear collapse, and nose-over.

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