Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Waco UPF 7, N134Q: Accident occurred July 03, 2017 at McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport (KSSI), Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

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


NTSB Identification: ERA17LA253
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, July 03, 2017 in Brunswick, GA
Aircraft: WACO UPF 7, registration: N134Q
Injuries: 3 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 July 03, 2017, about 1630 eastern daylight time, a Waco UPF 7, N134Q, experienced a landing gear strut brace collapse while taxiing at the McKinnon St Simons Island Airport (SSI), Brunswick, Georgia. The commercial pilot and two passengers were not injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

According to the pilot, while taxiing for takeoff the landing gear strut brace failed at the fuselage attachment point. The airplane came to a complete stop on the taxiway and the pilot exited the airplane. He inspected the airplane and noted that the right outboard wing was buckled. The pilot jacked up the airplane repaired the strut brace and towed the airplane back to the hangar. 

Examination by a Federal Aviation administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the outboard section of the lower right wing was buckled. Examination of the landing gear strut brace revealed that it broke at the fuselage attachment point. Further examination revealed a newly welded strut repair that the pilot performed to remove the airplane of the taxiway. No other anomalies were noted during the FAA examination.

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