Monday, July 17, 2017

Stolp Starduster Too SA300, N506WS, N506WS Partners LLC and Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N5396E, Sorbi Aviation Inc: Accident occurred July 16, 2017 at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport (KMYF), San Diego, California

N5396E Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

Location: San Diego, CA
Accident Number: GAA17CA411B
Date & Time: 07/16/2017, 1526 PDT
Registration: N5396E
Aircraft: CESSNA 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Ground collision
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis 

The pilot of the tandem-seat, tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, while taxiing to the runway and seated in the rear seat, he had "poor [forward] visibility" and that the airplane's propeller collided with the left wing of a stationary airplane on the taxiway. The pilot reported that he "broke and turned" as soon as he saw the stationary airplane, but "it was too late."

The pilot of the stationary airplane reported that he had stopped on the taxiway due to the run-up area ahead being fully occupied with multiple airplanes waiting to depart. He added that his "first awareness" of the tailwheel airplane was the sound of a "loud bang."

The stationary airplane's left wing and aileron sustained substantial damage. The tailwheel airplane sustained minor damage to the propeller.

The pilots reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with their respective airplanes that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The other pilot's failure to maintain separation from a stationary airplane during the taxi to the runway. 

Findings

Personnel issues
Monitoring other aircraft - Pilot of other aircraft (Cause)

Environmental issues
Aircraft - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Taxi-to runway
Ground collision (Defining event) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 60, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Waiver Time Limited Special
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/16/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/21/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 350 hours (Total, all aircraft), 350 hours (Total, this make and model), 250 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N5396E
Model/Series: 172 N
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1978
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17271842
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/25/2017, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 12710.6 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-H2AD
Registered Owner: SORBI AVIATION INC
Rated Power: 160 hp
Operator: Plus One Flyers Inc.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMYF, 427 ft msl
Observation Time: 2253 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 17°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots, 210°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.88 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: San Diego, CA (MYF)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA (SDM)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1500 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class D 

Airport Information

Airport: MONTGOMERY-GIBBS EXECUTIVE (MYF)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 427 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 32.816944, -117.136667 (est)

N506WS Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Location: San Diego, CA
Accident Number: GAA17CA411A
Date & Time: 07/16/2017, 1526 PDT
Registration: N506WS
Aircraft: SPANI WAYNE M STARDUSTER TOO SA300
Aircraft Damage: Minor
Defining Event: Ground collision
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis 

The pilot of the tandem-seat, tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, while taxiing to the runway and seated in the rear seat, he had "poor [forward] visibility" and that the airplane's propeller collided with the left wing of a stationary airplane on the taxiway. The pilot reported that he "broke and turned" as soon as he saw the stationary airplane, but "it was too late."

The pilot of the stationary airplane reported that he had stopped on the taxiway due to the run-up area ahead being fully occupied with multiple airplanes waiting to depart. He added that his "first awareness" of the tailwheel airplane was the sound of a "loud bang."

The stationary airplane's left wing and aileron sustained substantial damage. The tailwheel airplane sustained minor damage to the propeller.

The pilots reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with their respective airplanes that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: 
The pilot's failure to maintain separation from a stationary airplane during the taxi to the runway. 

Findings

Personnel issues
Monitoring other aircraft - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Taxi-to runway
Ground collision (Defining event) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 48, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/15/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/17/2015
Flight Time: (Estimated) 384.8 hours (Total, all aircraft), 299.3 hours (Total, this make and model), 330.5 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 7 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 2.9 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0.1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: SPANI WAYNE M
Registration: N506WS
Model/Series: STARDUSTER TOO SA300 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2006
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental; Aerobatic
Serial Number: 1407
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/17/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2023 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 443.1 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-435-1
Registered Owner: N506WS Partners LLC.
Rated Power: 190 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMYF, 427 ft msl
Observation Time: 2253 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 17°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots, 210°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.88 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: SAN DIEGO, CA (MYF)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: SAN DIEGO, CA (MYF)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1518 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: MONTGOMERY-GIBBS EXECUTIVE (MYF)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 427 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Minor
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  32.816944, -117.136667 (est)

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego, California

N506WS Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

N506WS  Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


N5396E  Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

N5396E  Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

N506WS Partners LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N506WS

Sorbi Aviation Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N5396E

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA411A

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 16, 2017 in San Diego, CA
Aircraft: SPANI WAYNE M STARDUSTER TOO SA300, registration: N506WS
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA411B
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 16, 2017 in San Diego, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N5396E
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 tandem seat, tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, while taxiing to the runway, and seated in the rear seat, he had "poor [forward] visibility" and the airplane's propeller collided with the left wing of a stationary airplane on the taxiway. The pilot reported that he had "broke and turned" as soon as he saw the stationary airplane, but "it was too late."

The pilot of the stationary airplane reported that he had stopped on the taxiway due to the run-up area ahead being fully occupied with multiple airplane's awaiting to depart. He added that, his "first awareness" of the tailwheel airplane was the sound of a "loud bang." 

The stationary airplane's left wing and aileron sustained substantial damage. The tailwheel airplane sustained minor damage to the propeller. 

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

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