Monday, March 12, 2018

Stinson 108-2 Voyager, N9457K: Accident occurred March 11, 2018 at The Eastern Iowa Airport (KCID), Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Ankeny, Iowa

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Accident Number: GAA18CA156
Date & Time: 03/11/2018, 1425 CDT
Registration: N9457K
Aircraft: STINSON 108
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 


The pilot reported that, during a three-point landing, the tailwheel touched down first, and as the main landing gear touched down the airplane bounced. He applied more back pressure on the yoke, and as the airplane settled on the main landing gear it veered to the left. He applied right rudder and brake with no avail. Subsequently, the right wingtip struck the ground and the airplane nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing, the right-wing lift strut, and the empennage.

The pilot 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, that about the time of the accident, the wind was from 010° at 6 knots. The pilot landed on runway 9.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's improper landing flare, which resulted in a loss of directional control and a nose-over. 


Landing flare - Not attained/maintained (Cause)
Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Attempted remediation/recovery
Nose over/nose down

Abnormal runway contact

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 58, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
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 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/23/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/25/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 764 hours (Total, all aircraft), 324 hours (Total, this make and model), 641 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: STINSON
Registration: N9457K
Model/Series: 108 2
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1947
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 108-2457
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/27/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2230 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2238 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: FRANKLIN
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 6A4-165-B3
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 165 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: KCID, 868 ft msl
Observation Time: 1952 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 246°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Temperature/Dew Point: 7°C / -7°C
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 4600 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 10°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Cedar Rapids, IA (CID)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Cedar Rapids, IA (CID)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1400 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class C 

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 869 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 09
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 8600 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

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: 41.886389, -91.706944 (est)

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