Friday, August 18, 2017

Boeing Stearman E75, N4859N: Accident occurred August 18, 2017 at Centerville Municipal Airport (KGHM), Hickman County, Tennessee

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA504
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, August 18, 2017 in Centerville, TN
Aircraft: BOEING E75, registration: N4859N
Injuries: 2 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, who was receiving instruction, reported that during the landing roll prior to stopping, the tailwheel-equipped biplane "made a sudden move to [the] left." He added that, quick reactions by the flight instructor kept the biplane on the runway and going straight.

The biplane once again under the control of the pilot, then "dropped the left wing and despite corrective inputs on the controls would not respond to further control inputs" and ground looped to the right. Subsequently, the left main landing gear collapsed and the biplane came to rest nose down on the runway.

The biplane sustained substantial damage to all four wings and fuselage.

The pilot reported that, "it was [his] personal contention and belief that the upper left gear failed[,] resulting in substantial damage to the [biplane] and the resultant ground loop." He added that, "[he] did not believe that this particular incident could have been prevented."

A review of a video of the accident that was submitted, showed in part a loss of control early in the landing roll, followed by a subsequent loss of control and ground loop to the right.

CENTERVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Officials said a small plane crashed at the Centerville Municipal Airport on Friday afternoon.

Airport manager Woody Woodruff said the plane was coming in to land around 3:30 p.m. when conditions got rough and the plane crashed.

The plane didn’t flip, but the wings were torn off.

Two people were in the plane at the time. No one was hurt.

The airport is shut down while they clean up. 

Woodruff said the runway should be cleared in a short amount of time.

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