Monday, April 23, 2018

Republic RC-3 Seabee, N9042N, registered to Seabee Heaven LLC: Accident occurred April 21, 2018 at Lexington County Airport at Pelion (6J0), South Carolina

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; West Columbia, South Carolina

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Pelion, SC
Accident Number: GAA18CA225
Date & Time: 04/21/2018, 1130 EDT
Registration: N9042N
Aircraft: REPUBLIC RC 3
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 amphibious airplane reported that, during the landing roll, the airplane veered to the left. The pilot added full right rudder, but the airplane exited the left side of the runway and impacted a ditch. The right main landing gear sheared off and the right wing struck the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

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

The automated weather observation station located about 12 miles east of the airport reported that, about 34 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 090° at 11 knots, gusting 15 knots. The same automated station reported that, about 26 minutes after the accident, the wind was from 080° at 7 knots, gusting to 16 knots. The airplane landed on runway 18.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial; Flight Engineer
Age: 65, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/17/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/14/2017
Flight Time: (Estimated) 26000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1200 hours (Total, this make and model), 12675 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 15 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: REPUBLIC
Registration: N9042N
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1947
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 275
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Amphibian; Hull; Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/05/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3250 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1354 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C126 installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: GO-480-B
Registered Owner: SEABEE HEAVEN LLC
Rated Power: 270 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: KCAE, 225 ft msl
Observation Time: 1456 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 96°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 15000 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 4°C
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots/ 15 knots, 90°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.39 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: LEXINGTON, SC (SC99)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Lexington, SC (6J0)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1130 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 451 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 18
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4335 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in; 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: 33.795833, -81.245833 (est)

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