Friday, September 8, 2017

Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, N82912, registered to and operated by the United States Department of Agriculture: Accident occurred August 18, 2017 at Avenger Field Airport (KSWW), Sweetwater, Nolan County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) / Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) / Wildlife Services; Cedar City, Utah

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N82912 

United States Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Washington

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA324
14 CFR Public Aircraft
Accident occurred Friday, August 18, 2017 in Sweetwater, TX
Aircraft: PIPER PA 18-150, registration: N82912
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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 18, 2017, about 1145 central daylight time, a Piper PA-18-150 airplane, N82912, was substantially damaged while landing at Avenger Field Airport (SWW), Sweetwater, Texas. The commercial pilot and his passenger were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a public aircraft. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the positioning flight, which departed Winston Field Airport (SNK), Snyder, Texas, about 1120.

The pilot reported that the right main landing gear collapsed as he made a crosswind wheels-landing on runway 17 (5,840 ft by 100 ft, asphalt). He stated that he felt a "little bump" shortly after the airplane touched down on the right main landing gear, and the airplane began to swerve to the left. The pilot reported that he was unable to regain directional control with full right rudder and right brake inputs. The airplane continued to swerve left, departed the left side of the runway, and encountered soft terrain where the right main landing gear collapsed. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing, main wing spars, and right elevator.

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