Monday, April 30, 2018

Stinson 108-1 Voyager, N35VM: Accident occurred April 27, 2018 at Felts Field Airport (KSFF), Spokane County, Washington

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane, Washington

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Spokane, WA
Accident Number: GAA18CA238
Date & Time: 04/27/2018, 1909 PDT
Registration: N35VM
Aircraft: STINSON 108
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, during a three-point landing, the tailwheel-equipped airplane was "yawed slightly to the left of the path of travel", and when the right wheel touched down the left wing and left main landing gear raised. He added that, he applied left aileron and right rudder to correct; however, the airplane ground looped to the left and exited the left side of the runway. The right landing gear sank into the sod, the right wing struck the ground, and the airplane tipped on its nose then came to rest on its landing gear.

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

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 38, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/23/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/29/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 117 hours (Total, all aircraft), 10 hours (Total, this make and model), 48 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 13 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 11 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 7 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: STINSON
Registration: N35VM
Model/Series: 108 1
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1947
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 108-2138
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/20/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2230 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3125.6 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: FRANKLIN
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 6A-350-C1R
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 220 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: KSFF, 1968 ft msl
Observation Time: 0253 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 91°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 6°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots, 30°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.64 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: MOSES LAKE, WA (MWH)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Spokane, WA (SFF)
Type of Clearance: VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1800 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1956 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 04R
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2650 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in

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: 47.683056, -117.324167 (est)

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