Saturday, February 10, 2018

Champion 7BCM, N3195C: Accident occurred June 26, 2017 at Watertown Regional Airport (KATY), Codington County, South Dakota

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rapid City, South Dakota

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Accident Number: GAA17CA374
Date & Time: 06/26/2017, 0930 CDT
Registration: N3195C
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that during the landing roll, the right wing suddenly came up. He applied aileron and rudder corrections, however the left wing impacted the ground as the airplane ground looped.

The left wing was substantially damaged.

The pilot reported 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): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
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: Sport Pilot Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/18/2017
Flight Time: (Estimated) 852.5 hours (Total, all aircraft), 82.3 hours (Total, this make and model), 770.6 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 1.4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CHAMPION
Registration: N3195C
Model/Series: 7BCM NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1947
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 7BCM-171
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/01/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1220 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2600 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: C-85-8F
Registered Owner: THOMAS P. ROSS
Rated Power: 85 hp
Operator: THOMAS P. ROSS
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KATY, 1748 ft msl
Observation Time: 1353 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 166°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / 7°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 20°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting:  30.25 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: FERGUS FALLS, MN (FFM)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: WATERTOWN, SD (ATY)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0800 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class E 

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 1749 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 35
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6893 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing:  Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  44.913889, -97.152222 (est)

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