Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Sopwith Camel, N225JB: Accident occurred October 07, 2018 at Bolivar Municipal Airport (M17), Polk County, Missouri

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Kansas City, Missouri

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf



Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

https://registry.faa.gov/N225JB


Location: Bolivar, MO
Accident Number: GAA19CA012
Date & Time: 10/07/2018, 1820 CDT
Registration: N225JB
Aircraft: BEARDEN BIPLANE SOPWITH CAMEL
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, during the landing, the tailwheel equipped airplane touched down and veered to the left. The pilot attempted to correct with opposite rudder, however the airplane continued left. He then attempted a go-around, but the airplane exited the runway and struck a ditch. The airplane subsequently nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the rudder.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Engineer; Private
Age: 67, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/19/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/30/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 18400 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3 hours (Total, this make and model), 14587 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: BEARDEN BIPLANE
Registration: N225JB
Model/Series: SOPWITH CAMEL
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2018
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 63017
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1106 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3.24 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Not installed
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: KSGF, 1270 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 21 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2352 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 185°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4100 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 310°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 22°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Bolivar, MO (M17)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Bolivar, MO (M17)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1755 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Bolivar Muni (M17)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1092 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 18
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4000 ft / 75 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: 37.596111, -93.347778 (est)


BOLIVAR, Mo. - The Bolivar Police Department responded Sunday to an overturned WWI replica bi-plane at the Bolivar Municipal Airport.

The plane was overturned on the east side of the runway, according to a Bolivar Police Department press release.

The pilot, a 67-year-old man from St. Charles was temporarily trapped inside the aircraft, but was uninjured, according to the release.

The pilot told police the tail of the aircraft slid out upon landing, causing the plane to veer off the runway and into a ditch where it overturned.

Bolivar Police, Bolivar City Fire Department, CMH EMS, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Central Polk Fire and Rescue all responded to the scene, according to the release.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.ozarksfirst.com



Emergency crews responded to Bolivar Municipal Airport when an "experimental" airplane crashed near a runway at around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7.

According to a Bolivar Police Department news release, responders "found a replica World War I biplane overturned on the east side of the runway."

The pilot, 67-year-old James Bearden of St. Charles, was initially trapped inside the aircraft but was not injured, the release said.

"The pilot stated that the tail of the aircraft began to slide out upon landing causing the plane to veer off of the runway and into a ditch where it overturned," the release said.

Several agencies, including BPD, Bolivar City Fire Department, Citizens Memorial Hospital Emergency Services, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Central Polk Fire and Rescue, responded to the scene.

Emergency crews responded to Bolivar Municipal Airport Sunday evening for an airplane crash near a runway.

Crews were notified of a transportation incident at the airport, located at 4460 Airport Road, at around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7.

Bolivar Police Department Lt. Roger Barron called the aircraft an "experimental plane."

Barron confirms one pilot was involved in the crash. He was not injured.

A reporter on the scene said crews were still working in the area of the crash as of 7:10 p.m.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://bolivarmonews.com

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