Thursday, May 17, 2018

Piper PA-18, N7265K: Accident occurred May 17, 2018 at Double Eagle II Airport (KAEG), Albuquerque, New Mexico

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico 

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Albuquerque, NM
Accident Number: CEN18CA176
Date & Time: 05/17/2018, 1847 MDT
Registration: N7265K
Aircraft: PIPER PA 18
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

After an uneventful 40-minute cross country flight, the pilot set up to land his tailwheel airplane. The pilot checked with the tower and they reported the wind from 240 degrees at 17 knots, gusting to 25 knots. The pilot set up to land on runway 22. The pilot stated that upon landing, the aircraft encountered a strong gusty crosswind and he lost directional control. The aircraft veered to the left across the runway surface and flipped inverted, resulting in substantial damage to the wings, wing struts, and fuselage.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial; Private
Age: 53, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 None
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/20/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 
Flight Time:  1540 hours (Total, all aircraft), 12 hours (Total, this make and model), 31 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 20 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N7265K
Model/Series: PA 18 105
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1950
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18-158
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/16/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1499 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1400 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-A2B
Registered Owner: Two Golf Tango, LLC
Rated Power: 150 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: AEG, 5837 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1847 MDT
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 16000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 18 knots / 24 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 240°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 29.85 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / -15°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Farmington, NM (FMN)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Albuquerque, NM (AEG)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1740 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Double Eagle II Airport (AEG)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 5837 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 22
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 7398 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  35.145278, -106.795278 (est)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Officials at the Double Eagle II airport west of Albuquerque say a small plane flipped before crashing while it was attempting to take off shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday.

Police say the pilot was the only person on board the aircraft and they suffered only minor injuries.

According to State Police, the Federal Aviation Administration has been called in to investigate the cause of the crash.

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  1. Can't you do any better than this....

    "The plane flipped before crashing" is not really very descriptive of an accident and probably not accurate either.

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