Sunday, April 9, 2017

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

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

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

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA234 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 09, 2017 in Stafford, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/05/2017
Aircraft: BELLANCA 8KCAB, registration: N55067
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 a tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the takeoff roll, as the airplane crested a hill about a third of the way down the grass runway, the airplane was close to the right edge of the runway. He added that he could not clearly distinguish the runway edges and applied left rudder, but in doing so, the airplane departed the runway surface to the left and nosed over in rough muddy terrain.

The left wing sustained substantial damage.

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

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 takeoff roll.

The pilot of a tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that during the takeoff roll, as the airplane crested a hill about 1/3 of the way down the grass runway, the airplane was close to the right edge of the runway. He added that he could not clearly distinguish the runway edges and applied left rudder, but in doing so, the airplane departed the runway surface to the left and nosed over in rough muddy terrain. 

The left wing sustained substantial damage.

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita, Kansas

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



NTSB Identification: GAA17CA234
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 09, 2017 in Stafford, KS
Aircraft: BELLANCA 8KCAB, registration: N55067
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 a tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that during the takeoff roll, as the airplane crested a hill about 1/3 of the way down the grass runway, the airplane was close to the right edge of the runway. He added that he could not clearly distinguish the runway edges and applied left rudder, but in doing so, the airplane departed the runway surface to the left and nosed over in rough muddy terrain.

The left wing sustained substantial damage.

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

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: http://www.jcpost.com





























































 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.

Read more here:  http://www.avclaims.com/N55067.htm

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.