Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Boeing A75N1(PT17), N69656: Accident occurred November 19, 2017 at Rosamond Skypark (L00), Kern County, California

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

Aviation Accident Factual 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/N69656


National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Factual Report

Location: Rosamond, CA
Accident Number: GAA18CA050
Date & Time: 11/19/2017, 1500 PST
Registration: N69656
Aircraft: BOEING A75N1(PT17)
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

According to the pilot in the tailwheel-equipped, high performance bi-plane, during the landing roll the he applied the brakes to decelerate for the full stop landing. When he did, the bi-plane swerved to the left, but was corrected by letting off the brakes and applying right rudder.

The bi-plane then veered to the left again but did not correct with full right rudder and brake application. The bi-plane exited the left side of the runway and nosed over.

The bi-plane sustained substantial damage to the rudder.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Commercial
Age: 38, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Rear
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 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/30/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/16/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 3907 hours (Total, all aircraft), 72 hours (Total, this make and model), 2371 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 47 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 31 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Other Flight Crew Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 63, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane; Helicopter
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Helicopter
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/26/2016
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/15/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 22000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2 hours (Total, this make and model), 17000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 95 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 27 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BOEING
Registration: N69656
Model/Series: A75N1(PT17) UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1943
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Aerobatic; Normal
Serial Number: 75-4912
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/08/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2950 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4215.8 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: W670-6A
Registered Owner:  On file
Rated Power: 220
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: KWJF, 2338 ft msl
Observation Time: 2256 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 182°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / -16°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots, 100°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: ROSAMOND, CA (L00)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Rosamond, CA (L00)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1445 PST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: ROSAMOND SKYPARK (L00)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 2415 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 08
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3600 ft / 50 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 34.870556, -118.205556 (est)

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