Thursday, February 15, 2018

CubCrafters CC11-160 N88ZQ, registered to Eagle Valley Aviation LLC: Accident occurred February 10, 2018 at Carson Airport (KCXP), Carson City, Nevada

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Carson City, NV
Accident Number: GAA18CA132
Date & Time: 02/10/2018, 0930 MST
Registration: N88ZQ
Aircraft: CUBCRAFTERS INC CC11-160
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, when returning to the airport after a local flight, the reported wind was from 330 at 18 knots, gusting 30 knots. He added that, during landing, the right wheel touched down first then the left wheel. As the airplane decelerated, a wind gust from the right-hand side caused the airplane to "weathervane into the wind to the right". The left main landing gear collapsed, and the left wing impacted the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left aileron.

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

A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about 15 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 350° at 4 knots. The same automated weather observation station reported that, about 5 minutes after the accident, the wind was from 330° at 12 knots, gusting 16 knots. The airplane landed on runway 27.

The airplane's operating handbook stated that the maximum demonstrated crosswind component was 13 mph/11 knots. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll in gusting crosswind conditions. 


Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Crosswind - Ability to respond/compensate
Gusts - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

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

Landing gear collapse

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 59, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/15/2017
Occupational Pilot:  No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/15/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1733 hours (Total, all aircraft), 238 hours (Total, this make and model), 1682.8 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 54.5 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 22.7 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2.5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CUBCRAFTERS INC
Registration: N88ZQ
Model/Series: CC11-160 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2013
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Special Light-Sport
Serial Number: CC11-00260
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/03/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1325 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 280 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Cubcrafters
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: CC340
Rated Power: 180 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: KCXP, 4699 ft msl
Observation Time: 1735 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 214°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C / -12°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots/ 16 knots, 330°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting:  30.07 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Carson City, NV (CXP)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Carson City, NV (CXP)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0900 MST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: CARSON (CXP)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 4704 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 27
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6101 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop 

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:  39.191111, -119.725833 (est)

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