Thursday, June 09, 2016

Champion 7AC, N82463: Accident occurred April 23, 2016 in Jasper, Walker County, Alabama

Kathryn's Report:

NTSB Identification: ERA16CA178
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 23, 2016 in Jasper, AL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/15/2016
Aircraft: CHAMPION 7AC, registration: N82463
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/owner of the tailwheel-equipped airplane stated he was landing the airplane on a paved runway with a right, gusting crosswind. According to the pilot, "On final, we were right wing low on centerline, the right wheel touched, bounced a little, the left wing touched, and bounced a little, and then the left gear collapsed and the left wingtip touched the ground and the airplane slid to a stop."

When asked about the performance and handling of the airplane, the pilot stated the airplane performed "great" and that he landed with a side load on the landing gear. He added that he was used to landing on grass, and that landing on asphalt "was a lot less forgiving."

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's inadequate compensation for the wind which resulted in a loss of directional control at touchdown and collapse of the landing gear.

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