Friday, April 06, 2018

Luscombe 8A, N71617: Accident occurred April 05, 2018 at Wilbarger County Airport (F05), Vernon, Texas

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Vernon, TX

Accident Number: GAA18CA205
Date & Time: 04/05/2018, 1445 CDT
Registration: N71617
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that, during the three-point landing, almost immediately after touch down, the airplane veered to the left, ground looped to the left, and the right main landing gear collapsed. He added that, the airplane came to rest facing 180° opposite of the landing direction in the grass off the left side of the runway.

He further reported, that when loading the airplane onto the trailer for recovery, he noticed there was a crack in the right gear leg, just above the weld to the axle. He added that 2/3 of the break showed fresh metal and the other 1/3 was rusted and corroded.

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

The automated weather observation system located at the accident airport reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 230° at 9 knots, gusting to 16 knots. The pilot landed on runway 20. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 43, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used: Unknown
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: 04/20/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/17/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1307 hours (Total, all aircraft), 300 hours (Total, this make and model), 1195 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: LUSCOMBE
Registration: N71617
Model/Series: 8 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1946
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 3044
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/05/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1260 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3660.5 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: A65F
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: KF05, 1265 ft msl
Observation Time: 1935 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 313°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 1°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots/ 16 knots, 230°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.91 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: FAIRVIEW, OK (6K4)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Vernon, TX (F05)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1245 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1264 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 20
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5099 ft / 100 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:  34.225278, -99.283056 (est)

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