Friday, August 03, 2018

BABE-E, N142NV: Accident occurred August 02, 2018 at Delta County Airport (KESC), Escanaba, Michigan

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Escanaba, MI
Accident Number: CEN18LA307
Date & Time: 08/02/2018, 1900 EDT
Registration: N142NV
Aircraft: Gerald Dan Coppock Bade-E
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 02, 2018, about 1900 eastern daylight time, a Gerald Dan Coppock BABE-E homebuilt experimental airplane, N142NV, registered to the pilot/builder, sustained substantial damage during a runway excursion following a loss of directional control while landing at the Delta County Airport (ESC), Escanaba, Michigan. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed. The local personal flight was being conducted under the provisions of Federal Code of Regulations Part 91. The flight originated from ESC about 1830..

According to the pilot, he was landing on runway 01 at ESC and the airplane touched down normally. During the rollout, the airplane veered to the left once the tailwheel contacted the runway. Both wingtips contacted the runway surface and the airplane ground-looped. The airplane came to rest, nose down and the pilot exited the airplane. According to ESC METAR weather, reported winds about the time of the accident were 330 at 5 knots.

Inspection of the airplane after the accident revealed that the right steering cable chain was broken and hanging from the tailwheel. It is undetermined if the cable break was caused prior to or during the accident sequence.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Gerald Dan Coppock
Registration: N142NV
Model/Series: Bade-E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: ESC, 609 ft msl
Observation Time: 1856 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 330°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4000 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Escanaba, MI (ESC)
Destination: Escanaba, MI (ESC) 

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:  45.722778, -87.093611 (est)

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