Friday, August 5, 2016

Stinson 108-2 Voyager, N9250K: Accident occurred August 05, 2016 at Sunriver Airport (S21), Deschutes County, Oregon

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

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FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Portland FSDO-09

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA424
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, August 05, 2016 in Sunriver, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/05/2016
Aircraft: STINSON 108, registration: N9250K
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.

The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that during the landing roll in gusty wind conditions, the airplane veered off the runway to the right. The pilot further reported that he "applied full brakes" to avoid a bush, subsequently the airplane nosed over. 

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both left lift struts.

The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located on the airport, revealed that, about 5 minutes before the accident the wind was 360 degrees true at 7 knots, and wind gusts 13 knots. The airplane landed on runway 36.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll in gusting wind conditions, which resulted in runway excursion and nose-over.


A pilot from Washington state landing at Sunriver Airport said an apparent cross-wind caused his nearly 70-year-old plane to veer off the runway Friday afternoon and it overturned in the dirt and rocks, but he walked away unhurt, police said.

Police and fire crews in the resort community responded to the reported crash around 2:20 p.m., said Police Chief Marc Mills.

The arrived to find a 1947 Stinson Voyager 108 aircraft on its top off the east side of the center of the runway, Mills said.

The pilot, Christopher Cole, 45, of Bothell, Washington, was alone in the plane, and already had gotten out and was a safe distance away, he added.

The runway was shut down for about an hour for safety reasons and the National Transportation Safety Board was contacted to investigate the crash.

Mills said Cole was landing in a northerly direction when an apparent cross-wind caused the plane to veer east, off the runway and onto soft dirt and cinder rocks. The plane nosed into the dirt and flipped, coming to rest on its top.

Because the plane came to a rest off the runway, airport operations were only temporarily interrupted.

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