Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Cub Crafters CC-19-180, N53XC: Accident occurred September 27, 2017 at Glacier Park International Airport (KGPI), Kalispell, Flathead County, Montana

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Helena, Montana

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Factual Report

Location: Kalispell, MT
Accident Number: GAA17CA572
Date & Time: 09/27/2017, 1300 MDT
Registration: N53XC
Aircraft: CUB CRAFTERS INC CC19-180
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 airplane, he was inexperienced flying this make and model.

The pilot reported that during the landing roll on asphalt, the tundra tire-equipped airplane yawed to the left and he corrected with a "significant" right rudder. He reported that he inadvertently engaged the right toe brake when he applied right rudder, "which led to a very rapid and unsustainable correction."

The airplane ground looped to the right and the left wing struck the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and aileron.

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: 63, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; 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 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/08/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/07/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1496 hours (Total, all aircraft), 24 hours (Total, this make and model), 1365 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CUB CRAFTERS INC
Registration: N53XC
Model/Series: CC19-180 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2017
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: CC19-0014
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 22 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-360-C1G
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: KGPI, 2973 ft msl
Observation Time: 1955 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 219°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 8°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.26 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Kalispell, MT (GPI)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Kalispell, MT (GPI)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1330 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class D 

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 2976 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 02
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:  9007 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing:  Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  48.310556, -114.256111 (est)

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