Monday, June 5, 2017

Boeing B75N1 Stearman, N218DL: Accident occurred June 03, 2017 at Alexander Memorial Airport (GA2), Williamson, Pike County, Georgia

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

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA330
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 03, 2017 in Williamson, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/14/2017
Aircraft: BOEING B75N1, registration: N218DL
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 the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that he was performing a wheel landing on a turf runway. He recalled that he was too aggressive and too early moving the stick forward during the touchdown and landing roll. The airplane’s tail lifted, the nose pitched down, and the propeller stuck the ground. The airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer and the rudder.

Per the National Transportation Safety Board Pilot Aircraft Accident Report, the pilot reported that the accident could have been prevented “by not being so early moving the stick forward in a taildragger during a wheel landing.”

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 aggressive and early forward stick application during the landing roll, which resulted in his failure to maintain pitch control and a subsequent nose-over.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N218DL


NTSB Identification: GAA17CA330
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 03, 2017 in Williamson, GA
Aircraft: BOEING B75N1, registration: N218DL
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 the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that he was performing a wheel landing on a turf surface runway. He recalled that he was too aggressive and too early moving the stick forward during the touchdown and landing roll. The airplane's tail ascended, the nose pitched down and the propeller stuck the ground. The airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer and the rudder.

Per the National Transportation Safety Board Pilot Aircraft Accident Report, the pilot reported that the accident could have been prevented, "by not being so early moving the stick forward in a taildragger during a wheel landing."

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



A Boeing B75N1 Stearman flipped on landing at the Candler Field Museum Vintage Days at Alexander Memorial Airport on Saturday, June 3, 2017. 

The pilot was not injured.

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