Sunday, July 17, 2016

Luscombe 8E Silvaire, N2759K: Accident occurred July 17, 2016 at Minden-Tahoe Airport (KMEV), Minden, Douglas County, Nevada

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Reno FSDO-11

NTSB Identification: WPR16LA141
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 17, 2016 in Minden, NV
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8A, registration: N2759K
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor.

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 17, 2016, about 0905 Pacific daylight time, a Luscombe 8A, N2759K, nosed over during a precautionary landing near Minden, Nevada. The pilot/owner was operating the airplane under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The airline transport pilot sustained serious injuries, and the single passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the empennage as a result of the nose over. The local area flight originated from Minden about 45 minutes prior to the accident. Visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

An airport operations official stated that the pilot reported a collapsed landing gear on takeoff. The pilot flew around about 45 minutes to burn fuel. The pilot elected to land on the grass between the runway and a taxiway. About 250 feet after touchdown, the collapsed gear dug into the ground, and the airplane nosed over.

MINDEN, Nev. (KOLO)-- Two people received minor injuries Sunday morning at Minden-Tahoe Airport when the airplane they were in had a hard landing and overturned, the East Fork Fire Department reported.

The Luscombe single-engine fixed-wing airplane had bad landing gear so the pilot tried to put it down in the dirt next to the runway, said East Fork Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Troy Valenzuela. That helped slow the aircraft, but it still overturned.

The two people inside were taken to Carson Valley Medical Center for minor injuries and also for a precautionary evaluation, Valenzuela said.

The aircraft received substantial damage. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

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