Friday, February 9, 2018

Beech B19, N24002, Beech Club LLC: Accident occurred January 10, 2018 at Port Meadville Airport (KGKJ), Crawford County, Pennsylvania

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Beech Club LLC:

Location: Meadville, PA
Accident Number: GAA18CA116
Date & Time: 01/10/2018, 0958 EST
Registration: N24002
Aircraft: BEECH B19
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The student pilot reported that, during landing, a strong gust of wind "pushed" the airplane left laterally across the runway after touchdown. Subsequently, the airplane exited the left side of the runway, struck a snow bank, and came to rest nosed down perpendicular to the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right-wing.

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

The automated weather observation system on the accident airport reported, about the time of the accident, that the wind was variable at 3 knots. The student pilot landed on runway 07. 

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 45, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
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: 08/30/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 38 hours (Total, all aircraft), 38 hours (Total, this make and model), 10 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 19 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BEECH
Registration: N24002
Model/Series: B19
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1977
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Aerobatic; Normal; Utility
Serial Number: MB-834
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/30/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4870.2 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320 E3D
Registered Owner: BEECH CLUB LLC
Rated Power: 150 hp
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KGKJ, 1400 ft msl
Observation Time: 1453 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 238°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: -1°C / -6°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable, Variable
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.21 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Meadville, PA (GKJ)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Meadville, PA (GKJ)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0940 EST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1399 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Wet
Runway Used: 07
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5001 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  41.626389, -80.214167 (est)

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