Tuesday, March 20, 2018

American Champion 7GCBC, N234RA: Accident occurred March 18, 2018 at Ontario Municipal Airport Malheur County, ( Oregon), Malheur County, Oregon

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho 

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdme

http://registry.faa.gov/N234RA

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Ontario, OR
Accident Number: GAA18CA176
Date & Time: 03/18/2018, 1430 PDT
Registration: N234RA
Aircraft: AMERICAN CHAMPION AIRCRAFT 7GCBC
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The flight instructor reported that, during the last landing of the day, which he performed in crosswind conditions, the tailwheel-equipped airplane bounced. He added that during the bounce, the airplane rolled right, and the right main landing gear touched down. Subsequently, once both main landing gear were on the runway the airplane veered sharply to the right and he lost directional control. The airplane exited the right side of the runway, the right main landing gear spindle and tire separated from the airplane, and the airplane came to rest.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the front spar.

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

The automated weather observation system located at the accident airport reported, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 210° at 8 knots. The flight instructor landed on runway 33. 

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 75, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/07/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/08/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 3532 hours (Total, all aircraft), 18 hours (Total, this make and model), 3378 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 20 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 46, Female
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/20/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated) 22 hours (Total, all aircraft), 9 hours (Total, this make and model), 9 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: AMERICAN CHAMPION AIRCRAFT
Registration: N234RA
Model/Series: 7GCBC NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2003
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Aerobatic; Normal
Serial Number: 1351-2003
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/30/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1750 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 680 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-B2B
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 160 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: KONO, 2193 ft msl
Observation Time: 2053 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 140°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 5500 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / -3°C
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots, 210°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.11 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Ontario, OR (ONO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Ontario, OR (ONO)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1330 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: ONTARIO MUNI (ONO)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 2193 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 33
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5006 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  44.022500, -117.014722 (est)

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