Friday, September 07, 2018

Aeronca 11AC Chief, N86146: Accident occurred September 02, 2018 at Skywest Airport Inc (7T7), Midland, Texas

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket  - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Midland, TX
Accident Number: GAA18CA536
Date & Time: 09/02/2018, 1000 CDT
Registration: N86146
Aircraft: Aeronca 11AC
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the landing, he flared high and the airplane bounced. He added that the airplane touched down on the runway "a little crossway's" and both wings struck the runway. The airplane came to rest in a nose down attitude.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Sport Pilot
Age: 63, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/01/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 81 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3 hours (Total, this make and model), 37 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 7 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Aeronca
Registration: N86146
Model/Series: 11AC No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1946
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 11AC-576
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 12/18/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1250 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1443.7 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: A-65-8
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 65 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: KMAF, 2862 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1515 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 309°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 19°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Midland, TX (7T7)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Midland, TX (7T7)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0945 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Airport: SKYWEST INC (7T7)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 2805 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 16
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5000 ft / 42 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

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:  31.855000, -102.073889 (est)

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