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FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Salt Lake City FSDO-07
NTSB Identification: GAA17CA073
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, November 10, 2016 in Hurricane, UT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/18/2017
Aircraft: CARTER RICHARD L BUDDY BABY LAKES, registration: N1028Q
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 biplane reported that during the takeoff sequence of a touch-and-go landing he decided to try a 2-point takeoff. He further reported that he was aware of the left turning tendency when raising the tail, however the "left turning factor happened much faster than [he] anticipated"; he was unable to recover with full right rudder inputs and the biplane veered to the left off the runway. During the runway excursion, the pilot brought the throttle to idle and the biplane impacted tumbleweeds.
The biplane sustained substantial damage to both right wings.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.
Federal Aviation Administration's Airplane Flying Handbook, FAA-H-8083-3B (2016), contains a section titled "Normal Takeoff Roll" for tailwheel airplanes which states:
It is important to note that nose-down pitch movement produces left yaw, the result of gyroscopic precession created by the propeller. The amount of force created by this precession is directly related to the rate the propeller axis is tilted when the tail is raised, so it is best to avoid an abrupt pitch change. Whether smooth or abrupt, the need to react to this yaw with rudder inputs emphasizes the increased directional demands common to tailwheel airplanes, a demand likely to be unanticipated by pilots transitioning from nosewheel models.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during takeoff, which resulted in a runway excursion.
HURRICANE — A pilot crashed his recently-purchased 2006 Buddy Baby Lake airplane Thursday while attempting to takeoff at the Hurricane City Airport located at 800 W. 2300 South.
Arthur Granger, of Hurricane City, was taking off for his fourth flight in his blue and yellow, fixed-wing, single-engine airplane at approximately 4:09 p.m.
“I decided to go out,” Granger said, “and get a little more experience with my newly-purchased airplane – it’s a homebuilt – a nice little airplane.”
Granger said he had decided to try to do a “main-wheel takeoff” – lifting the tailwheel.
“Normally, in a tailwheel airplane like this,” Granger said, “you would take off in 3-point attitude – that means the two main gear down and the tailwheel down. In a little larger-tail airplane, you want to lift the tail up a little bit first to allow the airplane to pick up speed a little faster.”
“When you do that, though, the propeller has a tendency to make the plane turn left, fast,” he added, “and, if you’re not ready for it – to put in opposite controls – it can get away from you.”
Granger said he wasn’t ready for the plane to veer left and he couldn’t correct for it, resulting in his 612-pound plane crashing and coming to rest approximately 50 yards off the runway.
Officers and medical personnel were dispatched to the scene after receiving a report of the plane crash, Hurricane City Police Sgt. Brandon Buell said.
Granger, who was the only occupant in the plane, was not injured.
“The pilot is very experienced and this helped avoid anything more major,” Buell said of Granger, who has been flying off and on for about 30 years.
As a result of the crash, the wooden propeller broke off the plane and the airplane sustained damage to its right wing, nose and two main landing gear.
“The good news is, of course, the airplane is repairable,” Granger said, “I’m fine, nobody got hurt and, you know, a little embarrassed to wreck my new toy.”
Per protocol, the FAA was notified and will investigate the crash, Buell said, adding that police were grateful it was a minor crash and no one was hurt.
“I was just practicing,” Granger said. “So, now, I’m going to have to put (the plane) back together and practice some more.”
HURRICANE, Utah — A small plane crashed into a dirt area near Hurricane Airport Thursday afternoon.
According to a news release from the Hurricane Police Department, a single-engine, fixed-wing plane took off from the airport around 4 p.m., but veered to the left as it did so. The pilot, who was the sole occupant of a 2006 “Buddy Baby Lake” plane, had to set the plane down in a dirt area, causing minor damage.
Officers and medical personnel were called to the scene at approximately 4:09, but there were no injuries.
Police said the pilot is very experienced, which “helped avoid anything more major.”
The Federal Aviation Administration has been identified and will conduct an investigation.