Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Cessna 140, N2829N: Accident occurred February 09, 2018 at Hillcrest Airport (7TX4), Keller, Tarrant County, Texas

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

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


Location: Keller, TX
Accident Number: GAA18CA128
Date & Time: 02/09/2018, 0815 CST
Registration: N2829N
Aircraft: CESSNA 140
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of visual reference
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that during takeoff, a flock of ducks crossed his flight path, and with insufficient runway remaining to reject the landing, he remained low to fly under them. Unable to climb, the airplane's tailwheel struck a fencepost beyond the departure end of the runway.

The pilot returned and landed safely, however the airplane sustained substantial damage to the rudder and the right elevator.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 72, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Waiver Time Limited Special
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/02/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/12/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 3321 hours (Total, all aircraft), 700 hours (Total, this make and model), 3321 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N2829N
Model/Series: 140 G
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1947
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 13090
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/22/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1600 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3280 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-200A
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 100 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: KAFW, 685 ft msl
Observation Time: 1353 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 280°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 6°C
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 1800 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 160°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Keller, TX (7TX4)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Lancaster, TX (LNC)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 0815 CST
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: HILLCREST (7TX4)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 710 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 17
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2000 ft / 30 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

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:  32.966667, -97.275278 (est)

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