Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tecnam P-2004 Bravo, N54EB: Accident occurred April 09, 2017 at Catalina Airport (KAVX), Avalon, Los Angeles County, California

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Long Beach, California

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N54EB

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA222
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 09, 2017 in Avalon, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/20/2017
Aircraft: COSTRUZIONI AERONAUTICHE TECNA P2004 BRAVO, registration: N54EB
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 reported that, just before touchdown, a wind gust lifted the right wing and drifted the airplane to the left of the runway. He added that the airplane touched down and ballooned in a nose-high attitude. The pilot added power and lowered the nose “to prevent a stall,” and the airplane landed hard. The left wingtip struck the ground, and airplane came to rest in the grass to the left of the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s failure to maintain the runway heading and the improper landing flare during landing.

The pilot reported that just before touchdown a gust of wind lifted the right wing and drifted the airplane to the left of the runway. He added that the airplane touched down and ballooned in a nose high attitude. The pilot added power and lowered the nose "to prevent a stall" and the airplane landed hard. The left wingtip struck the ground and airplane came to rest in the grass to the left of the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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


The pilot reported on the NTSB 6120.1 form that the wind was light and variable.

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA222 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 09, 2017 in Avalon, CA
Aircraft: COSTRUZIONI AERONAUTICHE TECNA P2004 BRAVO, registration: N54EB
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 reported that just before touchdown a gust of wind lifted the right wing and drifted the airplane to the left of the runway. He added that the airplane touched down and ballooned in a nose high attitude. The pilot added power and lowered the nose "to prevent a stall" and the airplane landed hard. The left wingtip struck the ground and airplane came to rest in the grass to the left of the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
The pilot reported on the NTSB 6120.1 form that the wind was light and variable.

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