Monday, April 30, 2018

Aeronca 65-LB Super Chief, N34459: Accident occurred April 28, 2018 at Carrington Municipal Airport (46D), Foster County, North Dakota

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fargo, North Dakota

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location:  Carrington, ND
Accident Number: GAA18CA241
Date & Time: 04/28/2018, 0745 CDT
Registration: N34459
Aircraft: AERONCA 65 LB
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The solo student pilot reported that, during landing, the tailwheel-equipped airplane touched down "a little" crooked, veered to the right, and he attempted to correct with rudder, but the airplane ran off the right side of the runway into a field that "wasn't terribly rough". He added that he attempted to takeoff from the field, but "realized it wasn't going to happen before the approaching trees". Subsequently, he aborted the takeoff, applied the brakes, and the airplane nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left-wing lift strut.

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

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 65, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Unknown
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: 02/07/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 31.7 hours (Total, all aircraft), 28.7 hours (Total, this make and model), 0.5 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AERONCA
Registration: N34459
Model/Series: 65 LB NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1941
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: L14741
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/15/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1250 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2187 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: A65-8
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 65 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: K46D, 1608 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1235 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 137°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 170°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 1°C / -1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Carrington, ND (46D)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Carrington, ND (46D)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0640 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1606 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 13
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4198 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing:  Full Stop; Touch and Go; Traffic Pattern

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:  47.453333, -99.154167 (est)

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