Thursday, August 11, 2016

Champion 8KCAB, Flying Fun & Company, N68JK: Accident occurred July 24, 2016 in Orangeburg County, South Carolina

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:
Investigation Docket  - National Transportation Safety Board:

Flying Fun & Company:

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA West Columbia FSDO-13

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA426
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 24, 2016 in Cordova, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/18/2017
Injuries: 1 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.

According to the pilot, during approach he slipped the airplane down to the private turf airstrip. He reported that when he recovered from the slip, the nose of the airplane was not aligned with the airstrip heading, and still not aligned during touchdown. The pilot reported that he was not able to correct the airplane's heading during the landing roll and the airplane impacted the corn stalks that bordered the airstrip. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the ribs of both wings and both ailerons.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical failures or anomalies with any portion of the airplane that would have prevented normal flight operations.

The pilot reported that the wind at the airstrip was calm.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain the runway heading, which resulted in the airplane not being aligned with the runway and a subsequent runway excursion.

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