Saturday, August 12, 2017

North American SNJ-4, registered to and operated by the pilot, N243CC: Accident occurred August 12, 2017 at Ashland County Airport (3G4), Ohio

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Cleveland; North Olmsted, Ohio

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/N243CC

Location: Ashland, OH
Accident Number: CEN17LA323
Date & Time: 08/12/2017, 1117 EDT
Registration: N243CC
Aircraft: NORTH AMERICAN SNJ-4
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 12, 2017, at 1117 eastern daylight time, a North American SNJ-4, N243CC, experienced a bounced landing and veered off runway 19 at Ashland County Airport (3G4), Ashland, Ohio. The airplane nosed-over, impacted terrain, and received substantial damage. The private pilot sustained serious injuries, and a passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight that was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight originated from Akron Fulton International Airport (AKR), Akron, Ohio, about 1100 and was destined to 3G4.

The pilot stated that during a "wheel landing" on runway 19, the airplane bounced on touch down and during the second bounce veered off the runway into a grass area. The pilot was unable to return airplane to the runway surface because the airplane was "slipping on the grass" while he applied left rudder and left wheel brake. The airplane nosed-over when it came to a stop in the grass area and impacted the ground.

The pilot stated there was structural damage to the airframe, left wing, and empennage. He stated there was no mechanical malfunction/failure with the airplane.

The Airplane Flying Handbook (FAA-H-8083-3B) stated in part:

"Since a bounce occurs when the airplane makes contact with the ground before the proper touchdown attitude is attained, it is almost invariably accompanied by the application of excessive back-elevator pressure. This is usually the result of the pilot realizing too late that the airplane is not in the proper attitude and attempting to establish it just as the second touchdown occurs.

The corrective action for a bounce is the same as for ballooning and similarly depends on its severity. When it is very slight and there is no extreme change in the airplane's pitch attitude, a follow-up landing may be executed by applying sufficient power to cushion the subsequent touchdown and smoothly adjusting the pitch to the proper touchdown attitude."

"…When a bounce is severe, the safest procedure is to execute a go-around immediately. Do not attempt to salvage the landing. Apply full power while simultaneously maintaining directional control and lowering the nose to a safe climb attitude. The go-around procedure should be continued even though the airplane may descend and another bounce may be encountered. It is extremely foolish to attempt a landing from a bad bounce since airspeed diminishes very rapidly in the nose-high attitude, and a stall may occur before a subsequent touchdown could be made." 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 67, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/10/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/25/2017
Flight Time:  1565 hours (Total, all aircraft), 71 hours (Total, this make and model), 1463 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 14 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: NORTH AMERICAN
Registration: N243CC
Model/Series: SNJ-4
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1943
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 88-13243
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/16/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 5265 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 14658.7 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: R1340 AN-1
Registered Owner: Pilot
Rated Power: 600 hp
Operator: Pilot
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: MFD, 1297 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1207 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 145°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2400 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3100 ft agl
Visibility (RVR): 
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 300°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 16°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Akron, OH (AKR)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Ashland, OH (3G4)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1100 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Ashland County Airport (3G4)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1206 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 19
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3501 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor

Latitude, Longitude: 40.900000, 82.260000 (est)

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA323
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, August 12, 2017 in Ashland, OH
Aircraft: NORTH AMERICAN SNJ-4, registration: N243CC
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.


On August 12, 2017, at 1117 eastern daylight time, a North American SNJ-4, N243CC, experienced a bounced landing and veered off runway 19 at Ashland County Airport (3G4), Ashland, Ohio. The airplane nosed-over, impacted terrain, and received substantial damage. The private pilot sustained serious injuries and a passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight that was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight originated from Akron Fulton International Airport (AKR), Akron, Ohio, about 1100 and was destined to 3G4.




ORANGE TWP. -- Pilot Guy Pepitone and his passenger were treated for minor injuries received when their vintage airplane crashed Saturday morning while landing at the Ashland County Airport for Ashland Veterans Appreciation Day.

Pepitone and his wife received injuries described by observers as cuts and bruises. They were upside down in the two-seat plane when they were rescued by bystanders and then transported from the airport at 700 County Road 1102 to University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center by a squad from Nankin/Orange Township Fire Department.

No further condition report was available Sunday.

Airport manager Denny Baum said the Federal Aviation Administration was contacted about the crash.

"You call the FAA whenever there is an accident," he said. "Whether the FAA decides to send someone in person is entirely up to them. Right now, the sheriff's office is investigating."

With several hundred people already on-hand for Veterans Appreciation Day, the accident occurred about 11:15 a.m. as the plane attempted to land on the north-south runway from the north. The pilot lost control and the plane went off the pavement and into a grassy area between the airport's two runways. When the plane's nose dug into the ground, the plane flipped over and came to rest on its glass canopy.

Ashland County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Carl Richert said after the plane's wheels made contact with the runway, the aircraft started to wobble back and forth before leaving the runway into the grassy median where it eventually came to rest upside down.

Baum said the plane was traveling to Ashland from Wadsworth using visual flight rules.

"It's the pilot's choice how he lands," Baum said about the approach to land from the north.
[See also - Chinook helicopter to be at Veterans Appreciation Day]

With the pair suffering non-life threatening injuries, the airport remained open and the day's activities at Veterans Appreciation Day went on as planned starting with the 12:30 p.m. opening ceremony.

"You have to credit that pilot for being quick enough," Veterans Appreciation Day co-organizer Jenny Whitmore said. "He was heroic in a way to be able to divert his plane and not hit any other planes. We're grateful that they were able to get them out and all is good."

The plane was a restored single-engine World War II-era North American SNJ 4 used by the U.S. Navy. The couple was flying the plane into Ashland to join other vintage aircraft for Veterans Appreciation Day. The plane, which was flipped back on its wheels about 2 p.m. by workers with two trucks from Bates Garage and then moved to a secure area at the airport, received visible damage to the wings, nose, tail, propeller and canopy.


In addition to Ashland County Sheriff's Office deputies, troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol also responded to the scene. 


Two people were injured after the plane they were flying in crash-landed at Ashland County Airport.

According to the Ashland County Sheriff's Office, the plane was a North American SNJ-4 used by the U.S. Navy during World War II. It was flying in from Wadsworth the airport's Veterans Appreciation Day festivities.

Shortly after landing, the plane wobbled on the runway before gliding along the median for a few hundred feet. The nose of the aircraft then hit the ground, causing it to flip over. The accident occurred just after 11:15 a.m. Saturday.

The pilot and a passenger (a family member according to an event official) were taken to University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center with "non-life-threatening injuries," according to the sheriff's office.

Story, video and photo gallery ➤ http://www.wkyc.com





ASHLAND COUNTY, Ohio — Two people were hurt after a plane crashed upon landing at the Ashland County Airport Saturday morning.

It happened just after 11:15 a.m.

According to Ashland County Sheriff Deputy Carl Richert, a single-engine plane landed on the runway at the airport, lost control, then flipped over on its roof.

Rescuers pulled a man and a woman from the plane, who were reportedly hanging upside down inside the aircraft, Richert said. Both sustained non-life threatening injuries and taken to University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center for treatment.

The couple had been flying in from Akron as part of the Veterans Appreciation Day at Ashland County Airport. The plane was a WWII-style Navy aircraft, Richert said.

The event will continue as planned and the airport will remain open, Richert said.

The Ashland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash.

Original article ➤ http://fox8.com 






A North American SNJ-4 plane flying into the Ashland County Airport today for the Ashland Veterans Appreciation Day crashed at about 11:15 a.m., according to the T-G reporter on the scene.

After the plane landed on one of the runways, it flipped into the grass next to it. 

The pilot and co-pilot were transported to University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center in Ashland. 

Gates opened at the airport at 11 a.m. for the event. 

An opening ceremony honoring World War II veterans was scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m.

Original article ➤ http://www.times-gazette.com






Minor injuries were reported after a plane made what authorities described as a "crash landing" at the Ashland County Airport Saturday morning.

The North American SNJ-4 was involved in a Veterans Appreciation Event scheduled at the airport.

The Ashland post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol were investigating the incident along with the Ashland County Sheriff's Office, according to an OSHP dispatcher.

A flyer for the event advertised Military Jeep rides, military memorabilia, planes, vehicles, and games.

A patrol dispatcher indicated that the day's events were expected to continue once cleanup of the accident was complete. 

Original article ➤ http://www.10tv.com

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