Thursday, July 7, 2016

Fleet 16B Finch II, N666J, owned and operated by Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum: Accident occurred July 02, 2016 at Old Rhinebeck Airport (NY94), Dutchess County, New York

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Teterboro, New Jersey

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum: http://registry.faa.gov/N666J

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA255

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 02, 2016 in Rhinebeck, NY
Aircraft: FLEET FLEET 16B, registration: N666J
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 2, 2016, about 1220 eastern daylight time, a Fleet 16B biplane, N666J, owned and operated by Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum, was substantially damaged during landing at Old Rhinebeck Airport (NY94), Rhinebeck, New York. The commercial pilot and passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot stated that during takeoff from a turf runway, the left main landing gear collapsed but did not separate from the airplane. The pilot was aware of the damaged landing gear, and circled the airport. During the subsequent landing on the departure runway, the airplane touched down, flipped over, and came to rest to rest inverted, which damaged the right upper wing and vertical stabilizer.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single engine land, multi engine land, and a flight instructor certificate. The pilot held a first class medical certificate and reported 643 total hours of flying experience. He reported 25 hours of flying time in the accident airplane make and model.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the left main landing gear strut mount nut that secured the landing gear strut was stripped, and the bolt was missing. Damage consistent with wear was observed on the strut base and the housing. There was no inspection required for the gear strut mount for the Fleet 16B, which was manufactured in 1942. The most recent annual was completed about 38 hours before the accident flight.

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA255
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 02, 2016 in Rhinebeck, NY
Aircraft: FLEET FLEET 16B, registration: N666J
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 2, 2016, about 1220 eastern daylight time, a Fleet 16B biplane, N666J, owned and operated by Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum, was substantially damaged during landing at Old Rhinebeck Airport (NY94), Rhinebeck, New York. The commercial pilot and passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local personal flight conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

During the takeoff roll from the turf runway, the left main landing gear collapsed but did not separate from the airplane. The pilot was aware of the damaged landing gear, and circled the airport. During the subsequent landing on the departure runway, the airplane touched down, flipped over, and came to rest to rest inverted, which damaged the right upper wing and vertical stabilizer.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the left main landing gear strut mount nut that secured the landing gear strut was stripped, and the bolt was missing. Damage consistent with wear was observed on the strut base and the housing.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

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