Thursday, July 7, 2016

Fleet 16B Finch II, Rhinebeck Aerodrome Museum, N666J: Accident occurred July 02, 2016 in Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, New York


FAA Flight Standards District Office:   FAA Teterboro FSDO-25

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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