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North American T-6G Texan, N2996Q: Accident occurred December 05, 2017 at Hampton Roads Executive Airport (KPVG) , Chesapeake, Virginia

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond, Virginia

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Chesapeake, VA
Accident Number: GAA18CA068
Date & Time: 12/05/2017, 1400 EST
Registration: N2996Q
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

According to the pilot in the tailwheel-equipped airplane, the airplane approached runway 10 in a "significant right crosswind," which diminished when the airplane touched down. The airplane touched down first on the right main wheel and the tailwheel about 70 knots airspeed, and when the left main wheel touched down the airplane veered to the right. He applied left rudder, left brake and maintained aft stick pressure, however, the inputs were ineffective.

The airplane exited the right side of the runway and nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing, the vertical stabilizer and the rudder.

The METAR at the accident airport reported that about the time of the accident, the wind was from 180° at 7kts.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor
Age: 65, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification:  Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/13/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/14/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 19700 hours (Total, all aircraft), 96 hours (Total, this make and model), 17800 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 37 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: NORTH AMERICAN
Registration: N2996Q
Model/Series: T 6 G
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1950
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 49-3071
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 5300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: R-1340AN-1
Rated Power: 600 hp
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPVG, 23 ft msl
Observation Time: 1946 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 27°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 1500 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 17°C
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 6500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots, 190°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV): 
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Chesapeake, VA (KPVG)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Chesapeake, VA (KPVG)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1350 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 28 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 10
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5350 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing:  Stop and Go; 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: 36.780833, -76.451389 (est)

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