Saturday, April 1, 2017

Baking Duce, N9898R: Accident occurred April 01, 2017 at Cochise County Airport (P33), Willcox, Arizona

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

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


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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N9898R 


NTSB Identification: GAA17CA214
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 01, 2017 in Willcox, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/20/2017
Aircraft: RONALD J BENDER BAKING DUCE, registration: N9898R
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 airplane reported that, during the landing roll and as he pulled the power to idle and lowered the tail, he raised the flaps and that the airplane then encountered a “sudden and strong wind” that caused it to weather-vane. Subsequently, the airplane veered off the right side of the runway, the main landing gear collapsed, and the airplane came to rest nose down.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both right and left wings and both lift struts.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions 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 of the airplane during the landing roll after encountering a dirt devil.

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that during the landing roll as he pulled the power to idle and lowered the tail, he raised the flaps and the airplane encountered a "sudden and strong wind" that caused the airplane to weather-vane. Subsequently, the airplane veered off the right side of the runway, the main landing gear collapsed, and the airplane came to rest nose down.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both right and left wings and both lift struts.


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

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA214
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 01, 2017 in Willcox, AZ
Aircraft: RONALD J BENDER BAKING DUCE, registration: N9898R
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 airplane reported that during the landing roll as he pulled the power to idle and lowered the tail, he raised the flaps and the airplane encountered a "sudden and strong wind" that caused the airplane to weather-vane. Subsequently, the airplane veered off the right side of the runway, the main landing gear collapsed, and the airplane came to rest nose down.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both right and left wings and both lift struts.

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

On Saturday, April 1, at about noon, the Cochise County Sheriff's Office was advised of a “plane crash” at the Cochise County Airport, Carol Capas, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, said.

Sheriff's deputies responded, along with Willcox Fire Department, and located a single-engine airplane that appeared to have significant damage. The 55-year-old pilot and sole occupant received a head injury on impact but refused transport to a hospital, said Capas.

The initial information received indicates that the aircraft took off from Lordsburg Municipal Airport, New Mexico,  enroute to Casa Grande Municipal Airport, Arizona. 

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified and will continue the investigation.

This is the second hard landing in the Willcox area in less than a month. The other was between Bowie and San Simon. There were no injuries.

Original article can be found here: http://www.willcoxrangenews.com

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