Friday, June 01, 2018

Luscombe 8E, N2789K: Accident occurred July 21, 2015 at Perry Municipal Airport (F22), Noble County, Oklahoma

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Perry, OK
Accident Number: CEN15LA313
Date & Time: 07/21/2015, 1925 CDT
Registration: N2789K
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8E
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 21, 2015, about 1925 central daylight time, a Luscombe L8 airplane, N2789K, departed the right side of the runway during takeoff, and impacted a ditch at Perry Municipal Airport (F22) in Perry, Oklahoma. The commercial rated pilot was seriously injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight was being operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight, and no flight plan had been filed.

According to the 85-year old pilot, he had taken two separate trips round the pattern at the airport the day of the accident. Prior to the accident flight, he was sitting in the airplane for a "lengthy" period of time waiting for the engine to be started, by hand-propping the airplane. The heat index was 105ยบ F. He recalled taxiing to the end of the runway and pushing the throttle forward, then he reported "everything going black." He had no further recollection of events.

A witness reported the airplane taxied to the end of the runway, the engine went to "full throttle" and the airplane proceeded down the runway. About 400-500 feet from takeoff the airplane veered off the runway, crossed an open area, a closed diagonal runway, a taxiway and ran into a drainage ditch. The witness said there was no indication of braking, steering or an attempted liftoff.

A Federal Aviation Administration inspector conducted an on-scene examination of the airplane wreckage after the accident. The inspector stated the engine throttle control was observed in the full throttle position during his exam. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 85, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Unknown
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  5000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: LUSCOMBE
Registration: N2789K
Model/Series: 8E E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1947
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 5516
Landing Gear Type: Unknown
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer:
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: SALE REPORTED
Rated Power:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Not Reported
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSWO, 984 ft msl
Observation Time: 2353 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 146°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 22°C
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 10000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots, 70°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.89 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Perry, OK (KF22)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Airport: Perry Municipal (KF22)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 996 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: 17
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5103 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 36.384444, -97.272778 (est)

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