Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Globe GC-1B Swift, N78244: Accident occurred March 27, 2018 at Fullerton Municipal Airport (KFUL), Orange County, California

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Long Beach, California

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Fullerton, CA
Accident Number: GAA18CA183
Date & Time: 03/27/2018, 1400 PDT
Registration: N78244
Aircraft: GLOBE GC 1B
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot in the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that during the takeoff roll, he slowly advanced the throttle and applied full aft yoke, along with right rudder pedal application. The airplane accelerated, and he believed that he had overcorrected with right rudder because the airplane veered to the right. He released the right rudder pressure and simultaneously the tail lifted off the ground. Immediately the airplane veered to the left and exited the runway, and subsequently the right wing impacted a precision approach path indicator (PAPI) light.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Commercial; Flight Engineer
Age: 82, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/30/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/18/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 17600 hours (Total, all aircraft), 197 hours (Total, this make and model), 10500 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 9 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: GLOBE
Registration: N78244
Model/Series: GC 1B NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1947
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 2244
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/07/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1970 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2298 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-360-A1-G6
Registered Owner: On file
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: KFUL, 96 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2053 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 85°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 200°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / -4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Fullerton, CA (FUL)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: EL MONTE, CA (EMT)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1400 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 96 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 24
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3121 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

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:  33.871944, -117.979722 (est)

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