Monday, April 30, 2018

Luscombe 8A, N71261: Accident occurred April 27, 2018 at Eunice Airport (4R7), Louisiana

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Eunice, LA
Accident Number: GAA18CA244
Date & Time: 04/27/2018, 1920 CDT
Registration: N71261
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event:
Injuries: 1 None

Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that, during approach to land, the airplane struck a tree. Subsequently, the airplane landed hard, and the landing gear collapsed.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and front windshield.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions 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 clearance from a tree while on approach to land. 



Altitude - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Monitoring environment - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues

Tree(s) - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight


Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Hard landing
Landing gear collapse

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 69, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
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: Sport Pilot Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/01/2013
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/01/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1228 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1000 hours (Total, this make and model), 1220 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: LUSCOMBE
Registration: N71261
Model/Series: 8 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1946
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 2688
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/10/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines:  1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2496.6 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: A&C65 SERIES
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: KOPL, 76 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0010 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 70°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 340°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 10°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Destination: Eunice, LA (4R7)
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: EUNICE (4R7)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 42 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 34
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5001 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; 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:  30.459722, -92.421944 (est)

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