FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA San Antonio FSDO-17
NTSB Identification: GAA16CA299
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 10, 2016 in Sunrise Beach Village, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/14/2016
Aircraft: BAREISS DAVID A TANGO 2, registration: N324TT
Injuries: 2 Minor.
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 while decelerating during the landing roll on a grass runway the nose gear began to skid. The pilot further reported that the nose gear impacted an ant hill, which resulted in a nose over and substantial damage to the fuselage and empennage
The pilot reported there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.
After the accident, the pilot reported that the tolerance between the nose wheel tire and fairing was estimated to be 1/4". The pilot further reported that there was debris build up in the back of the nose gear fairing and that during a postaccident check the nose gear was not able to rotate as freely as the main landing gears.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The nosewheel fairing becoming packed with debris during landing on the soft field due to a gap between the nosewheel tire and the fairing, which resulted in a loss of control and subsequent nose-over.