Friday, March 23, 2018

Fairchild Funk M-62C F-23A, N1131Z, operated by the Texas Air Museum: Accident occurred March 23, 2018 in Columbia, Maury County, Tennessee

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Columbia, TN
Accident Number: ERA18LA113
Date & Time: 03/23/2018, 1610 CDT
Registration: N1131Z
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 23, 2018, about 1610 central daylight time, a Fairchild Funk M62C F-23A , N1131Z, operated by the Texas Air Museum, was substantially damaged after a loss of engine power and subsequent forced landing in a field near Columbia, Tennessee. The private pilot was not injured. The flight was operated in accordance with Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight that departed Smyrna Airport (MQY), Smyrna, Tennessee and was destined for Slaton Municipal Airport (F49), Slaton, Texas.

The pilot reported that the airplane was fueled to capacity (44 gallons) before departing MQY, and he anticipated making 3 or 4 stops along the 700-mile route. About 30 minutes after departing MQY at an altitude of 2,500 ft mean sea level he switched the fuel selector handle from the left tank to the right tank to "balance the load." About 1 minute after changing tanks, the engine began to "cough" then shut down. The pilot attempted to restart the engine by switching the fuel selector back to the left tank, increasing the mixture and turning on the fuel boost pump followed by the manual boost pump, but he was unable to restart the engine. The airplane was about 1,500 ft above ground level when the pilot stopped trying to restart the engine, and he identified a long grassy field to land. The airplane touched down normally, but the ground was very soft; the airplane sunk into the mud during the ground roll, which caused the landing gear to collapse and shear off as the airplane skidded to a stop.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the right main landing gear separated from the airplane and the spar was bent. The left fuel tank was ruptured and contained no fuel. The right fuel tank indicated 3/4 or about 16 gallons of fuel. Several pieces of wreckage led from the touchdown point to the final resting place of the airplane.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. His total flight time reported was 371 hours The pilot stated that he had flown the accident airplane for a total of 8 hours but had accumulated a total of 18.9 hours in the same make and model.

According to FAA records, the airplane was a single-engine, low-wing, tandem two-seat airplane that was issued a special airworthiness certificate in the experimental category for exhibition purposes on July 7, 2012. It incorporated fixed-tricycle landing gear and was equipped with a Jacobs R-755B2M, 275-horsepower radial engine and a 22-gallon fuel tank in each wing. The engine had 3,026 hours total time and 175.2 hours total time since major overhaul as of its last conditional inspection on July 22, 2017.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: FAIRCHILD FUNK
Registration: N1131Z
Model/Series: M62C F 23A NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMRC, 681 ft msl
Observation Time: 1615 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / 2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 7000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 200°
Lowest Ceiling:
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: SMYRNA, TN (MQY)
Destination: SLATON, TX (F49)

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: 35.613333, -86.985000 (est)

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WKRN) – Crews responded after a World War II type aircraft made a hard landing in Columbia Friday afternoon.

Officials said the Fairchild Funk M-62C F-23A landed in a pasture near Iron Bridge Road.

News 2 has learned the pilot, who was the only person on-board at the time, suffered non-life threatening injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.

Additional information was not immediately released.

Original article can be found here ➤

Authorities responded to the scene of a plane's "hard landing" in Maury County on Friday afternoon.

The Federal Aviation Administration reported that a Fairchild Funk M-62C F-23A "made a hard landing in a pasture" near Iron Bridge Road in Columbia.

Only the pilot was on board.

According to dispatchers, the pilot was able to exit the plane uninjured. No other injuries were reported on the ground, nor were any surrounding buildings damaged, according to dispatchers.

An FAA registry indicates the plane is owned by a man in Lebanon.

The Maury County Sheriff's Office said deputies were among those responding.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the hard landing, which it's classifying as an "incident," and not a crash.

Original article can be found here ➤

A vintage aircraft flying from Smyrna to Texas crashed off of Iron Bridge Road in Columbia around 4 p.m. Friday.

The pilot was uninjured. He landed in a field around 75 yards from a house near the road east of Columbia.

Maury County Sheriff’s Deputy Nathan Johns said the plane developed engine problem.

Original article ➤

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