Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Bellanca 8KCAB Decathlon, N62979: Accident occurred November 21, 2017 at El Dorado Springs Memorial Airport (87K), Cedar County, Missouri

Additional Participating Entity: Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Kansas City, Missouri

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


http://registry.faa.gov/N62979


Analysis 

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the landing roll, the airplane veered off the runway. The right wing subsequently collided with a tree before the airplane came to rest on the grass.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing and fuselage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures 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 failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll.

Findings


Aircraft
Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Tree(s) - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll
Loss of control on ground
Runway excursion
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Location: El Dorado, MO
Accident Number: GAA18CA055
Date & Time: 11/21/2017, 1440 CST
Registration: N62979
Aircraft: BELLANCA 8KCAB
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the landing roll, the airplane veered off the runway. The right wing subsequently collided with a tree before the airplane came to rest on the grass.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing and fuselage.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 43, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
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 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/20/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/17/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 213.2 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BELLANCA
Registration: N62979
Model/Series: 8KCAB NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1972
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Aerobatic; Normal
Serial Number: 36-72
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/08/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2656.9 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: IO-320-E1A
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 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: KPTS, 952 ft msl
Observation Time: 2035 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 43 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 235°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / 2°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 16 knots, 30°
Visibility (RVR):  
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: El Dorado, MO (87K)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: El Dorado, MO (87K)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1300 CST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: EL DORADO SPRINGS MEMORIAL (87K)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 931 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: 04
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3295 ft / 50 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Stop and Go; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:  37.855556, -94.000833 (est)

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