Friday, March 09, 2018

American Champion 8GCBC, N105BH, registered to Fran Oil Inc: Accident occurred March 08, 2018 at Hart Memorial Airport (3R4), Many, Sabine Parish, Louisiana

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana 

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Many, LA
Accident Number: GAA18CA153
Date & Time: 03/08/2018, 1630 CST
Registration: N105BH
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event:  Miscellaneous/other
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during landing, he tapped the brakes too hard and the airplane nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

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

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's improper application of the brakes during landing, which resulted in a nose-over. 



Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Nose over/nose down

Landing-landing roll

Miscellaneous/other (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 59, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/07/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/31/2017
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 382 hours (Total, all aircraft), 4 hours (Total, this make and model), 298 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 11 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 7 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N105BH
Model/Series: 8GCBC NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2007
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 498-2007
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/24/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 521 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91  installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-360-C1G
Registered Owner: FRAN OIL INC
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: KAQV, 365 ft msl
Observation Time: 2256 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 130°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / -6°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 20°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Many, LA (3R4)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Many, LA (3R4)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1615 CST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: HART (3R4)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 318 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: S
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 1500 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in 

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: 31.546667, -93.490833 (est)

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