FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA East Michigan FSDO-23
NTSB Identification: GAA16CA338
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Jackson, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/22/2016
Aircraft: NORTH AMERICAN SNJ, registration: N7980C
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 of a tailwheel equipped airplane reported that during the landing roll as the tailwheel came down, the left wing "rose up", and he attempted to correct with left aileron. The pilot further reported that the airplane started "yawing, sliding, and turning sideways on the pavement". The airplane veered off the runway to the left, the right main landing gear collapsed, and the airplane impacted the ground.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.
According to the pilot there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.
A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located about 1 mile to the southwest, revealed that, about 19 minutes before the accident the wind was variable at 4 knots. The airplane landed on runway 24.
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, which resulted in a runway excursion, right main landing gear collapse, and impact with the ground.
JACKSON, MI – A plane crashed at the Jackson County Airport while attempting to land around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, according to a witness.
Dick Wollet was eating dinner at Airport Restaurant and Spirits, which overlooks the runway, when he saw what happened.
"He was coming down, it looked like he was having trouble controlling it, the wings were tipping," Wollet said.
"I think one of the wings hit the ground.
It looked like he was going to dump it, but then he turned around and hit a cloud of dust out there in the infield."
People emerged from the plane and were standing around after the crash, Wollet said.
He added that it looked like an older model plane.
"It didn't look like he had control or the wind was giving him trouble landing," Wollet said.
"I'm just surprised at the response.
They got out there real quick."
Fire engines from Blackman-Leoni Township and Summit Township responded to the scene, while two ambulances from Jackson were also on the scene by approximately 4:40 p.m. Saturday.
The vehicles exited the airport around 5:05 p.m.
The Blackman-Leoni Township Department of Public Safety could not be reached immediately for comment.
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