Saturday, April 15, 2017

Bakeng Duce 1976-CZ, N122BD: Accident occurred April 15, 2017 near Oliver Springs Inc. Airport (TN08), Anderson County, Tennessee



Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

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 Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N122BD

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA236
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 15, 2017 in Oliver Springs, TN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/20/2017
Aircraft: ZEILER BAKENG DUCE 1976 CZ, registration: N122BD
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 reported that, during approach, while flying from the rear seat of the tandem-seat, high-wing airplane, he “needed to lose speed and altitude.” He placed the airplane in a right-wing-low, forward slip, and he added that the airplane had poor forward visibility at slower speeds. He aligned the airplane with the center of the runway and “pulled the nose up slightly to slow [down],” and a “wind gust” came from the right and “pushed” the airplane over the trees. He “saw [the] tree tops coming up fast under [his] left wing,” and “out of shear instinct, [he] banked slightly right to avoid going in nose first.” The airplane collided with the tree tops.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and the empennage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
The automated weather observation system about 3 nautical miles from the accident site, about the time of the accident, reported that the wind was variable at 3 knots. The pilot landed to the southwest.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s unstabilized approach and failure to go around, which resulted in impact with trees.

The pilot reported that during approach, while flying from the rear seat of the tandem seat, high-wing airplane, he "needed to lose speed and altitude". He placed the airplane in a right-wing low, forward slip, and he added that the airplane had poor forward visibility at slower speeds. He aligned the airplane with the center of the runway and "pulled the nose up slightly to slow [down]," and a "wind gust" came from the right and "pushed" the airplane over the trees. He "saw [the] tree tops coming up fast under [his] left wing", and "out of shear instinct, [he] banked slightly right to avoid going in nose first". The airplane collided with the tree tops.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and the empennage.

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


The automated weather observation system about 3 nautical miles from the accident site, about the time of the accident, reported the wind variable at 3 knots. The pilot landed to the southwest.
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MARLOW—The pilot of a small experimental or ultralight aircraft was reported to be okay after a crash in Anderson County near Oliver Springs on Saturday afternoon, authorities said.

The pilot was reported to have walked away from the crash and declined medical treatment.

Authorities said federal officials have been notified of the crash of the registered aircraft.

The precise location of the crash wasn’t clear, but Oak Ridge Today received reports that it was near Ray Drive and Oak Circle in Oliver Springs and north of Green Acres Mobile Home Park off Oliver Springs Highway, just east of Highway 62 (the road that connects Oak Ridge and Oliver Springs).

The cause of the crash isn’t clear.

Oak Ridge Today has received a report that the pilot has a small private airstrip, but we haven’t been able to independently confirm that.

Original article can be found here: http://oakridgetoday.com

ANDERSON COUNTY - Anderson County authorities responded to a small plane crash outside the city limits of Oliver Springs Saturday afternoon.

According to the Anderson County Sheriff's Department, a man flying an ultralight aircraft crashed near the Oliver Springs airport.

No deaths or injuries were reported, and the pilot was able to walk away from the crash and refused medical treatment on the scene. 

The ACSO could not say how the plane crashed. The investigation has been turned over federal authorities. 

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

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