Friday, November 24, 2017

Luscombe 8F, N1780K: Accident occurred November 23, 2017 in Caldwell, Burleson County, Texas

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Caldwell, TX
Accident Number: GAA18CA061
Date & Time: 11/23/2017, 1650 CST
Registration: N1780K
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Aerodynamic stall/spin
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, during the right downwind in the traffic pattern, he was about one quarter mile from the runway, which was "too close". He added that, "during a poorly planned and executed base to final approach", he performed an "uncoordinated" right bank at about 45°, and the right wing dropped, which resulted in a descending roll to the right. He attempted to recover, but the airplane impacted terrain.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and the right wing.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 53, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/02/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/04/2016
Flight Time: (Estimated) 589 hours (Total, all aircraft), 589 hours (Total, this make and model), 589 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4.5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0.5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: LUSCOMBE
Registration: N1780K
Model/Series: 8 F
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1946
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 4507
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/01/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91  installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: C90-12F
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 90 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: KRWV, 391 ft msl
Observation Time: 0015 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 232°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / 2°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Caldwell, TX (PVT)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Caldwell, TX (PVT)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1610 CST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Private (PVT)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 268 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 36
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2700 ft / 50 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 30.699444, -96.654722 (est)

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