Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Piper L-21B, N3907E: Accident occurred July 22, 2017 at Cartersville Airport (KVPC, Bartow County, Georgia

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


Accident Number: GAA17CA428
Date & Time: 07/22/2017, 1345 EDT
Registration: N3907E
Aircraft: PIPER L 21B
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot in the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that the purpose of flight was to meet takeoff and landing requirements necessary to carry passengers. During the pilot's second landing, during the landing roll, the airplane veered to the right and he attempted to correct with left rudder. The rudder input was ineffective, and he attempted to gain directional control using differential braking. However, during the brake applications the airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the horizontal stabilizer and the rudder.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 47, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: 
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/04/2016
Occupational Pilot: 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 12/02/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 199 hours (Total, all aircraft), 64 hours (Total, this make and model), 152 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration:  N3907E
Model/Series:  L 21B B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 53-7759
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/04/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:  1750 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3670 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91A installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-320 B2B
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 160
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: KVPC, 763 ft msl
Observation Time: 1653 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 260°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3400 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 25°C
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4700 ft agl
Visibility:  8 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable, Variable
Visibility (RVR): 
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV): 
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: CARTERSVILLE, GA (VPC)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1300 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 759 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 19
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5760 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 34.123056, -84.848611 (est)

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