Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cessna 120, N4059N: Incident occurred June 08, 2016 - Very violent wind storm while aircraft tied down; aircraft thrashed violently against its tie-down restraints

AIRCRAFT:   1947 Cessna 120, N4059N  SN# 13517

ENGINE:       Continental C85-12F SN# 27414-7-12

PROPELLER::  McCauley, 1B90-CM7148  SN# 79203

APPROXIMATE TOTAL HOURS (estimated TT & TSMO from logbooks or other information):

ENGINE:    Total time 3,811.27  -  SMOH 696.37 at time of wind storm

PROPELLER:  Original propeller; 3,811.27 hours

AIRFRAME:      3,811.27 hours                

OTHER EQUIPMENT:      King KT-76; Bendix/King KLX 135A; Sigtronics SPO-22

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  Very violent wind storm on 6/8/2016 while aircraft tied down. Video shows that the aircraft thrashed violently against its tie-down restraints. Sixty foot trees in the local area were uprooted.

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES: Rudder shows denting on both sides and is jammed in position, apparently broken free from internal supports and cables.  The left aileron shows evidence of push rods being bent and wing attachments wrenched free.  The right aileron is possibly damaged in similar fashion to the left.  The left wing shows evidence of being pulled free and rearward from its attachments to the fuselage.                  

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:   New Garden Airport, West Grove, PA     

Read more here:  http://www.avclaims.com/N4059N.htm

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