Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Loss of Engine Power (Total): Taylorcraft BC12-D, N94919; accident occurred October 17, 2016 at Brook Bridge Aerodrome (8GA9), Griffin, Spalding County, Georgia

The Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Investigation Docket -National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


http://registry.faa.gov/N94919

Location: Vaughn, GA
Accident Number: ERA17LA020
Date & Time: 10/17/2016, 1100 EDT
Registration: N94919
Aircraft: TAYLORCRAFT BC12 D
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (total)
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On October 17, 2016, about 1100 eastern daylight time, a Taylorcraft BC12-D, N94919, was substantially damaged following a total loss of engine power during takeoff and subsequent forced landing at Brook Bridge Aerodrome (8GA9), Vaughn, Georgia. The flight instructor and a student pilot incurred minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local instructional flight. The airplane was operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the flight instructor, their intention was to fly the airplane around the traffic pattern for a few touch-and-go landings prior to departing for North Carolina, where the airplane would be hangared. The flight instructor taxied the airplane up and down the runway three times to get himself and the student pilot comfortable with tail wheel handling before takeoff. The flight instructor then taxied to the end of the runway and performed the engine run-up. He stated that shortly after takeoff, approximately 30 feet above ground level, the engine started losing power and seconds later lost all power. The flight instructor tried to land the airplane on the runway, however he "landed hard" and the left main landing gear separated. The left wing tip struck the ground, and the engine compartment and propeller struck the runway before the airplane ground-looped and the right main landing gear separated.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the left wing main spar was fractured mid-wing. Both main landing gear were separated. The propeller had one blade bent aft around the engine cowling and the other blade was straight. Examination of the engine did not reveal any obvious mechanical deficiencies.

Review of maintenance records revealed that the airplane's most recent annual inspection was completed on August 28, 2016, at a recorded total airframe time of 2911.3 hours. The engine time since major overhaul was recorded as 62.5 hours.

The recorded weather at Griffin-Spalding County Airport (6A2), located 7 miles to the southeast of 8GA9, at 1055 was, wind 170° at 4 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, temperature 24° Celsius (C), dew point temperature 18° C, altimeter 30.14 inches of mercury.

The temperature and dew point were plotted on the carburetor icing probability chart. Their intersection was within the serious icing range for glide power.

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 49, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/30/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/17/2015
Flight Time:  2000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 90 hours (Total, this make and model), 1900 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 48, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s):None 
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present:Yes 
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:No 
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/17/2011
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 
Flight Time: 183 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: TAYLORCRAFT
Registration: N94919
Model/Series: BC12 D D
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 9319
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/28/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2911.3 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: A65-8F
Registered Owner: SKUNKWORKS III RESEARCH INC
Rated Power: 65 hp
Operator:On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: 6A2, 958 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1455 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 115°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 170°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 18°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Vaughn, GA (8GA9)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Vaughn, GA (8GA9)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1100 EDT
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: BROOK BRIDGE AERODROME (8GA9)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 820 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 20
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2970 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 33.276111, -84.410278 (est)

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA020
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, October 17, 2016 in Vaughn, GA
Aircraft: TAYLORCRAFT BC12 D, registration: N94919
Injuries: 2 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 October 17, 2016, about 1220 eastern daylight time, a Taylorcraft BC12-D, N94919, was substantially damaged following a total loss of engine power during takeoff and subsequent forced landing at Brook Bridge Aerodrome (8GA9), Vaughn, Georgia. The flight instructor and a student pilot incurred minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local instructional flight. The airplane was operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the flight instructor, their intention was to fly the airplane around the traffic pattern for a few touch-and-go landings prior to departing for North Carolina, where the airplane would be hangared. The flight instructor taxied the airplane up and down the runway three times to get himself and the student pilot comfortable with tailwheel handling before takeoff. The flight instructor then taxied to the end of the runway and performed the engine run-up. He stated that shortly after takeoff, approximately 30 feet above the ground, the engine started losing power and seconds later lost all power. The flight instructor tried to land the airplane on the runway, however, he "landed hard" and the left main landing gear separated. The left wing tip struck the ground, causing the main spar to fracture about 6 feet in from the wing tip. The engine compartment and propeller struck the runway before the airplane ground-looped, and the right main landing gear separated.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the left wing main spar was fractured mid-wing. Both main landing gear were separated. The propeller had one blade bent aft around the engine cowling and the other blade was straight.

The airframe and engine were retained for further investigation.

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