Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Loss of Control on Ground: Piper PA-18-135 Super Cub, N6690D; accident occurred October 14, 2018 at Cherry Ridge Airport (N30), Honesdale, Wayne County, Pennsylvania

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allentown, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Cherry Ridge, PA
Accident Number: GAA19CA022
Date & Time: 10/14/2018, 1330 EDT
Registration: N6690D
Aircraft: Piper PA 18-135
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 airplane reported that, after a 3-point landing, during the landing roll, the wind changed direction, lifted the left wing, ­and the airplane ground looped.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing and elevator.

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

The automated weather observation system located on the airport reported that, about 20 minutes before the accident, the wind was 200ยบ at 7 knots and about 35 minutes after the accident, the wind was 230 at 7 knots. The pilot reported that, at the time of the accident, the wind shifted to a right crosswind. The airplane landed on runway 36.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 45, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s):None
Toxicology Performed:No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/23/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/08/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 728.4 hours (Total, all aircraft), 12.5 hours (Total, this make and model), 685 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 93.8 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 59.6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Model/Series: PA 18-135 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1954
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate:Normal
Serial Number: 18-3848
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/11/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1750 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3827 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-A2B
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 150 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: KMPO, 1916 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 23 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1653 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 194°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3200 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 200°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.21 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C / 3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Honesdale, PA (N30)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Honesdale, PA (N30)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1300 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: CHERRY RIDGE (N30)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1357 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 36
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2986 ft / 50 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in 

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: 41.515556, -75.251667 (est)

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