Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Grumman American AA-5B Tiger, registered to and operated by RJM-AV8 LLC, N74420: Accident occurred July 23, 2018 in Brazoria, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Brazoria, TX
Accident Number: CEN18LA292
Date & Time: 07/23/2018, 1215 CDT
Registration: N74420
Aircraft: Grumman AA5
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On July 23, 2018, about 1215 central daylight time, a Grumman AA-5B single-engine airplane, N74420, was substantially damaged while maneuvering near Brazoria, Texas. The flight instructor and student pilot were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by RJM-AV8, LLC, under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local instructional flight that departed Pearland Regional Airport (LVJ), Pearland, Texas, about 1130.

According to the student pilot, the airplane began to shake violently while he practiced basic-attitude maneuvers under simulated instrument meteorological conditions. A reduction of engine power revealed that the one of the propeller blades had separated about midspan. An uneventful forced landing was made to a nearby field. A postaccident examination revealed several fractured engine mounts.

The propeller, a McCauley 1A170/FFA 7563, serial number P77410, was retained for examination at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Materials Laboratory.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Grumman
Registration: N74420
Model/Series: AA5 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: RJM-AV8, LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: LBX, 25 ft msl
Observation Time: 1153 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C / 23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 260°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Pearland, TX (LVJ)
Destination: Pearland, TX (LVJ)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  28.984722, -95.539167

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