Saturday, June 23, 2018

Grumman American AA-5 Traveler, N1356R: Accident occurred July 13, 2015 at Southbridge Municipal Airport (3B0), Massachusetts

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Enfield, Connecticut

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N1356R

Location: Southbridge, MA
Accident Number: ERA15LA266
Date & Time: 07/13/2015, 1430 EDT
Registration: N1356R
Aircraft: GRUMMAN AMERICAN AVN. CORP. AA 5
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 13, 2015, about 1430 eastern daylight time, a Grumman American AA-5, N1356R, was substantially damaged during impact with trees following a runway excursion at the Southbridge Municipal Airport (3B0), Southbridge, Massachusetts. The airline transport pilot and two passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that was originating at the time of the accident. The personal flight was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

Runway 02 was 3,501 feet long, 75 feet wide, and consisted of asphalt. The pilot stated that the preflight inspection and the taxi to runway 02 were normal. During the takeoff roll at about rotation speed, a gust of wind yawed the airplane to the left and it became airborne. The pilot corrected for the yaw and was able to maintain runway heading, but he elected to reject the takeoff as he felt it was the safer option, rather than trying to continue. The airplane touched back down and the pilot applied heavy braking, but was unable to stop before impacting trees and brush at the perimeter of the airport.

Examination of the airplane at the accident scene by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that it came to rest upright in an area of shrubbery and small trees, against the airport perimeter fence about 600 feet beyond the end of runway 02. The left wing sustained impact damage to the leading edge and upper surface, outboard of midspan. The right wing leading edge was damaged along the outer one-third of its span. The nose landing gear was separated from the fuselage. Examination of the airplane did not reveal any preimpact mechanical malfunctions, nor did the pilot report any.

The pilot held an airline transport pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land, airplane multiengine land, instrument airplane, and a type rating for the Boeing 737. He reported 21,623 total flight hours of experience, with 30 hours in the same make and model as the accident aircraft. His most recent first-class medical examination was performed on February 11, 2015.

The 1454 recorded weather observation at Worcester Regional Airport, located 12 miles northeast of 3B0, included variable wind direction at 4 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, temperature 27 degrees C, dew point 16 degrees C, few clouds at 3,800 feet above ground level, and the altimeter setting was 29.93 inches of mercury.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Engineer
Age: 60, 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 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/11/2015
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/09/2015
Flight Time:  21623 hours (Total, all aircraft), 30 hours (Total, this make and model), 21323 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 191 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 61 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: GRUMMAN AMERICAN AVN. CORP.
Registration: N1356R
Model/Series: AA 5 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1975
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: AA5-0756
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/21/2015, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 55 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2093 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320
Registered Owner: On file
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: KORH, 1017 ft msl
Observation Time: 1454 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 37°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3800 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 16°C
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots, Variable
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.93 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Southbridge, MA (3B0)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Southbridge, MA (3B0)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1430 EDT
Type of Airspace: 

Airport Information

Airport: SOUTHBRIDGE MUNI (3B0)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 699 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 02
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3501 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:  42.107222, -72.036944 (est)

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