Sunday, November 26, 2017

Vans RV-4, N639JH: Accident occurred November 21, 2014 at Mid Valley Airpark (E98), Los Lunas, Valencia County, New Mexico

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Los Lunas, NM
Accident Number: CEN15CA058
Date & Time: 11/21/2014, 1130 MST
Registration: N639JH
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


The pilot reported the approach and landing were normal, and he used right rudder to compensate for a left crosswind. During the landing roll the pilot's left foot slid off the rudder pedal and the airplane began to veer to the right. When he moved his foot back on the rudder pedal, he inadvertently applied the left brake. The pilot added right rudder to compensate; however, the airplane traveled off the left side of the runway. The pilot added power in an attempt to avoid a ditch alongside the runway, but the airplane contacted the ditch and nosed over resulting in substantial damage to the fuselage and wings. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical failures/malfunctions of the airplane.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The pilot inadvertently applied the left brake during the landing roll which resulted in a loss of directional control and subsequent impact with terrain.



Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)
Factual Information

History of Flight

Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)
Runway excursion 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 37
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Center
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/11/2011
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/18/2014
Flight Time:  195 hours (Total, all aircraft), 62 hours (Total, this make and model), 143 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)
Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: MCCRARY BOBBY C JR
Registration: N639JH
Model/Series: RV 4 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1994
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 2533
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/29/2014, Continuous Airworthiness
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 481 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 0-320 SERIES
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 0 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: ABQ, 5355 ft msl
Observation Time: 1152 MST
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 21°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 15000 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C / -10°C
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 19000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots, 40°
Visibility (RVR): 
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV): 
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Roosevelt, UT (74)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Los Lunas, NM (E98)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0845 MST
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Mid Valley Airpark (E98)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 4836 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 36
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4340 ft / 37 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 34.761667, -106.744722 (est)

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