Friday, June 10, 2016

Cessna 120, N77216: Accident occurred June 10, 2016 at Southeast Greensboro Airport (3A4), Climax, Guilford County, North Carolina

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Greensboro FSDO-39

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA304
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 10, 2016 in Climax, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 120, registration: N77216
Injuries: 1 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 following a day visual meteorological condition flight, during the landing roll, two deer jumped onto the runway and he swerved the airplane to the right off of the runway, avoiding both deer. During the runway excursion, the right main landing gear became caught in tall grass and the airplane nosed over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, vertical stabilizer, and both wings. 

The pilot did not report any mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

During a postaccident interview with the airport manager, he reported that the airport does not a have a perimeter fence.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
An evasive maneuver during the landing roll to avoid deer on the runway, which resulted in a runway excursion and a nose over. Contributing to the accident was the lack of an airport perimeter fence.

AIRCRAFT: 1946 Cessna 120 N77216, Serial # 11678 

APPROXIMATE TOTAL HOURS (estimated TT & TSMO from logbooks or other information): 2156.5

ENGINE:   As of 11/01/2015 Tach  316.54 TT 2156.54              

AIRFRAME:      As of 11/01/2015 Tach  316.54 TT 2156.54              

OTHER EQUIPMENT: Standard avionics. Newly upgraded interior within 30 days of accident.

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  Upon landing encountered deer. Swerved to avoid and went off runway which caused aircraft to flip over.

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:    Prop damaged – Creases/wrinkles in fuselage.

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:      SE Greensboro Airport, NC (3A4)      

Read more here:

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Deer on a runway caused a landing small plane to leave the runway and flip in Guilford County Friday afternoon, according to the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident was reported at 1:49 p.m. at Southeast Greensboro Airport, located at 6334 Monnett Road near Climax.

According to the sheriff’s office, the pilot of a 1949 Cessna 120 was landing on the runway and saw a deer ran across the runway in front of the plane.

The pilot said he noticed several deer standing on the runway. He attempted to avoid colliding with the animals by going off the runway.

As the aircraft made contact with the grass, it pulled the plane into the brush where it flipped.

The accident caused a total loss of the aircraft, valued at $20,000.

The pilot, Timothy Yung Wei Yap, 20, of Chapel Hill, was not injured.

The FAA is investigating the crash.

Original article can be found here:

CLIMAX, N.C. -- The pilot of a small plane crashed into a brush area in order to avoid several deer that were on a runway, according to Sheriff BJ Barnes. 

The plane crash happened just before 2 p.m. at Southeast Airport in Climax. The sheriff's office says the pilot was landing on the runway and saw a deer run in front of him, and then noticed several deer standing on the runway. 

According to the media release, the pilot tried to avoid crashing into the deer by going off the runway. As the plane reached the grass it flipped forward into the brush. 

Luckily, the pilot, Timothy Yung Wei Yap, was not hurt. He was treated and released by medics on scene. 

Authorities say the $20,000 plane is a total loss. The FAA is investigating the crash. 

Original article can be found here:

CLIMAX — A pilot while trying to avoid hitting a small herd of deer veered his single-engine plane off the runway at a Climax airport and overturned today.

No one was seriously injured.

The pilot, Timothy Yung Wei Yap, 20, was landing a 1949 Cessna at Southeast Airport, 6334 Monnett Road, at 1:49 p.m., when the crash occurred. When the plane left the runway and hit grass, it flipped over, destroying the aircraft, according to a Guilford County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Yap, of Chapel Hill was treated at the airport and released.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

Original article can be found here:

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