Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Waco UPF 7, N134Q: Incident occurred June 16, 2018 and accident occurred July 03, 2017 at McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport (KSSI), Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta

Aircraft while taxiing on the ramp struck Robinson R44 Raven II, N294PJ, while is was being pushed out of the hangar. 


Date: 16-JUN-18
Time: 15:15:00Z
Regis#: N134Q
Aircraft Make: WACO
Aircraft Model: UPF 7
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

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

Location: Brunswick, GA
Accident Number: ERA17LA253
Date & Time: 07/03/2017, 1630 EDT
Registration: N134Q
Aircraft: WACO UPF 7
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 03, 2017, about 1630 eastern daylight time, a Waco UPF 7, N134Q, experienced a landing gear strut brace collapse while taxing at the McKinnon St Simons Island Airport (SSI), Brunswick, Georgia. The commercial pilot and two passengers were not injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

According to the pilot, while taxiing for takeoff the landing gear strut brace failed at the fuselage attachment point. The airplane came to a complete stop on the taxiway and the pilot exited the airplane. He inspected the airplane and noted that the right outboard wing was buckled. The pilot jacked up the airplane repaired the strut brace and towed the airplane back to the hangar.

Examination by a Federal Aviation administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the outboard section of the lower right wing was buckled. Examination of the landing gear strut brace revealed that it broke at the fuselage attachment point. Further examination revealed a newly welded strut repair that the pilot performed to remove the airplane of the taxiway. No other anomalies were noted during the FAA examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: WACO
Registration: N134Q
Model/Series: UPF 7 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: SSI, 19 ft msl
Observation Time: 1653 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 27°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots, 160°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Brunswick, GA (SSI)
Destination: Brunswick, GA (SSI) 

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: 31.151944, -81.391111 (est)

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