Saturday, July 8, 2017

Boeing A75N1(PT17), N68117 and Fairchild M-62A-3, N73529: Accident occurred October 22, 2016 at High Point Airport (3KS5), Valley Center, Sedgwick County, Kansas

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

N68117 Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

N73529 Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

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

N68117 Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

N73529  Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N68117 

http://registry.faa.gov/N73529 

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA053A
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 22, 2016 in Valley Center, KS
Aircraft: BOEING A75N1(PT17), registration: N68117
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA053B
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 22, 2016 in Valley Center, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/18/2017
Aircraft: FAIRCHILD M62A, registration: N73529
Injuries: 3 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 tail-wheel equipped Fairchild airplane reported that after landing on the 2,400-foot long by 100-foot wide private grass runway, he pulled off to the right of the runway about 2/3 of the way down with his engine at idle power to watch a Stearman airplane, which he had been flying in tandem with, land. The Fairchild pilot further reported that the Stearman appeared to be approaching a little fast, touched down about 1/2 way down the runway, and started drifting to the right, toward the stopped Fairchild. 

The pilot of the tail-wheel equipped Stearman biplane reported that during the landing roll he was looking out of the left side of the Stearman, misjudged the width of the grass runway, and "clipped [the Fairchild] on [the] edge of runway". The Stearman then impacted a tree, resulting in substantial damage to the lower left wing and both right wings.

The Fairchild sustained substantial damage to the engine cowl and firewall.

The Fairchild pilot did not report any mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. The Stearman pilot reported that it was possible that the tailwheel bracket was broken prior to the airplane colliding with the Fairchild and impacting trees. 

In a postaccident interview with the investigator-in-charge (IIC), the Stearman pilot reported that during the initial preflight and taxi of the airplane, the tailwheel bracket "looked good" and he had no issues steering during taxi and takeoff.

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 landing roll and to see and avoid the airplane stopped on the edge of the runway.

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