Monday, November 26, 2018

Beech C23 Sundowner 180, N66710: Accident occurred November 25, 2018 at Porterville Municipal Airport (KPTV), Tulare County, California

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fresno, California

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/N66710

Location: Porterville, CA
Accident Number: GAA19CA073
Date & Time: 11/25/2018, 1320 PST
Registration: N66710
Aircraft: Beech C23
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 flare the airplane touched down on the main gear and ballooned a few feet off the ground. Subsequently, the airplane porpoised, the nose wheel collapsed, and the airplane came to rest nose down on the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine mount.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 71, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
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 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/07/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/22/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 242 hours (Total, all aircraft), 220 hours (Total, this make and model), 132 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N66710
Model/Series: C23
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1983
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: M-2387
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/20/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2450 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 6109 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-360-A4K
Registered Owner: Donald Uttenreither, Rickey Cooksey
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Fractional Ownership 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPTV, 442 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2156 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 177°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 300°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 12°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Porterville, CA (PTV)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Porterville, CA (PTV)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1250 PST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: PORTERVILLE MUNI (PTV)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 443 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 30
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5960 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

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:  36.030000, -119.063056 (est)

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