Thursday, September 28, 2017

American Legend AL18, N200XW, C & D Aviation LLC: Accident occurred September 27, 2017 at Bessemer Airport (KEKY), Jefferson County, Alabama

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Birmingham, Alabama

C & D Aviation LLC:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location:  Bessemer, AL
Accident Number:  GAA17CA561
Date & Time:  09/27/2017, 1100 CDT
Registration:  N200XW
Aircraft Damage:  Substantial
Defining Event:  Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

The flight instructor, who was providing instruction in the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the landing roll, the student pilot failed to maintain directional control and the airplane swerved right and then left. He added that, during the attempted remediation of the second swerve, the tail started to rise with an "associated tire squeal." Subsequently, the propeller struck the ground and the airplane nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

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

The flight instructor also reported that, it was his belief that "the student inadvertently got on the brakes."

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