Sunday, June 17, 2018

Waco YKS-7, N17473: Accident occurred June 08, 2018 at H. L. Sonny Callahan Airport (KCQF), Fairhope, Baldwin County, Alabama

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Vestavia Hills, Alabama

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Fairhope, AL
Accident Number: GAA18CA332
Date & Time: 06/08/2018, 1000 CDT
Registration: N17473
Aircraft: WACO YKS 7
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped biplane reported that, while landing with a "slight cross wind", the biplane ground looped to the right.

The biplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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

The automated weather observation system located at the accident airport reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was calm. The pilot landed on runway 19.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 72, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed None
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/22/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 12/16/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1200 hours (Total, all aircraft), 83 hours (Total, this make and model), 931 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 4.7 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4.7 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: WACO
Registration: N17473
Model/Series: YKS 7 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1937
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 4611
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 5
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/16/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3250 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2483 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Jacobs
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: R755B2M
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 275 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: KCQF, 92 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1455 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 183°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 22°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Fairhope, AL (CQF)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Fairhope, AL (CQF)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0900 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 91 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 19
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6604 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; 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:  30.460833, -87.876944 (est)

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