Sunday, April 22, 2018

Pietenpol Air Camper, N502R, registered to a private individual and operated by the pilot: Accident occurred November 22, 2017 at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport (KDKB), DeKalb County, Illinois

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; DuPage, Illinois

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

Location: De Kalb, IL
Accident Number: CEN18LA043
Date & Time: 11/22/2017, 1030 CST
Registration: N502R
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Positioning 

On November 22, 2017, about 1030 central standard time, a Phil J Ruttan Pietenpol Air Camper airplane, N502R, nosed over on the runway after landing at De Kalb Taylor Municipal Airport, (DKB), De Kalb, Illinois. The pilot was not injured and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a positioning flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan had been filed. The flight departed Hartford Municipal Airport (HXF), Hartford, Wisconsin, about 0845 and was en route to Terre Haute International Airport (HUF), Terre Haute, Indiana.

The pilot reported that he was hired to deliver the airplane to its new owner. The seller warned him of "sensitive brakes" and that the right brake was "mushy", but they were still effective. The pilot stated that this was his first flight in this airplane type. Before departure he taxied the airplane to become familiar with the controls and brakes and noticed no anomalies. He planned to fly to HUF with en route fuel stops. On approach to the first fuel stop airport, DKB, the wind sock was reportedly indicated light wind from the north. The pilot stated that he made a 3-point landing with the engine at idle power. The airplane continued down the runway 300 to 400 ft as he held the control stick back. The airplane veered left about 30° so the pilot attempted to counteract the unexpected movement with right rudder input; the airplane did not respond. The airplane was about 10 ft from the runway edge when it finally responded to the right rudder input and began to travel parallel to the runway centerline. The pilot reported that about 20 to 30 ft later that "it was as if someone slammed on the brakes" and the airplane nosed over. He later stated that the right brake had undergone recent maintenance.

The responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector examined the runway and found tire marks that corresponded with the accident sequence and led to the accident airplane. The tire marks began near the center of the runway, veered to the left, veered back to the right, and then ended where the airplane had nosed over. A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed substantial damage to the wing struts. The inspector performed a postaccident functional test of the brakes with no anomalies noted.

The maintenance records revealed that on October 2, 2017, an annual inspection was completed at a tachometer time of 134 hours. On November 19, 2017, at a tachometer time of 154 hours, the right brake was serviced with 5606 hydraulic fluid. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 27, 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): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/01/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/10/2017
Flight Time: 4517 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1 hours (Total, this make and model), 4418 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 200 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 52 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: RUTTEN PHIL J
Registration: N502R
Model/Series: PIETENPOL
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2001
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 2435
Landing Gear Type:  Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/02/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 134 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental Motors
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: A 65
Registered Owner: Debbie King
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: KDKB, 915 ft msl
Observation Time: 1035 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 232°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: -2°C / -10°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.37 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: HARTFORD, WI (HXF)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: De Kalb, IL (DKB)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0845 CST
Type of Airspace: Class E 

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 912 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 02
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 7026 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:  41.931667, -88.705000 (est)

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