Sunday, April 9, 2017

Bellanca 8KCAB Decathlon, N55067: Accident occurred April 09, 2017 at Stafford Municipal Airport (3TA), Kansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita, Kansas

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA234
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 09, 2017 in Stafford, KS
Aircraft: BELLANCA 8KCAB, registration: N55067

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft on takeoff, flipped over. 

Date: 09-APR-17
Time: 18:20:00Z
Regis#: N55067
Aircraft Make: BELLANCA
Aircraft Model: 8KCAB
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)

STAFFORD COUNTY – A Kansas man was involved in a small plane mishap just before 1:30p.m. on Sunday in Stafford County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a Bellanca 8KCAB Decathlon piloted by Milton D. Pinkston, 86, St. John, aligned the takeoff path incorrectly.

The aircraft went too far to the east, traveled off the runway and entered a muddy wheat field. The landing gear dug in and the aircraft flipped.

Pinkston was not injured. 

Original article can be found here:

 AIRCRAFT – M&M, S/N: 1978 Bellanca AKCAB    s/n 428-78   N55067                      

ENGINE – M&M, S/N: Lycoming AEIO-320-EIB    s/n L-5649-55A

PROPELLER(S) – M&M, S/N:   Hartzell    HC-C2YL-4BF  s/n AY685B

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

ENGINE:   2704.25 hours     1927.25 hours TSMOH

PROPELLER:   2704.25 hours    2077.15 hours TSMOH

AIRFRAME:  TT 2704.05 hours; Annual on 1/30/17 @ 3067.5 Hobbs / 2679.25 ACTT

OTHER EQUIPMENT:   GNC250XK, GTX320A see attached.

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  Aircraft ran into muddy field on aborted take-off; aircraft flipped over

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:    Propeller; 1 blade is non-repairable; OH required, Engine sudden stoppage requires inspection; Accessory inspections; Firewall is bent at lower engine mount attach points;Fuselage is twisted (door misaligned, wings misaligned, cowling misaligned); Fuselage tubular structure is bent; Upper and lower cowling are damaged; Right wing attach point is bent; Right wing forward spar appears stressed; Right wing lift strut and right wing fuel tank punched through the wing; Left wing spar appears stressed; Left wing attach point is bent; Left wing tip is destroyed; Tail (rudder/vertical fin) impacted. 

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:   Stafford Municipal Airport (3TA) in Stafford, KS

REMARKS:   Sold AS IS/WHERE IS; logbooks are currently held by Brown and Company USA, Inc.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Time to give up flying, Milton! At 86, you're no spring chicken any more. I say this as a seventy-four (74) year old former airline pilot.