Monday, November 26, 2018

Bellanca 7GCBC, N50340: Accident occurred November 23, 2018 at Benson Municipal Airport (E95), Cochise County, Arizona

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Benson, AZ
Accident Number: GAA19CA072
Date & Time: 11/23/2018, 0830 MST
Registration: N50340
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the landing, the right wing lifted, and the airplane drifted left. He added that he over corrected and the airplane veered to the right off the runway. The left main landing gear caught in the dirt, collapsed, and the left wing impacted the ground.

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.

The pilot reported that, at the accident airport, about 15 minutes before the accident, the wind was reported as variable, calm, and not gusting.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 51, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/25/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/03/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 118.3 hours (Total, all aircraft), 19.1 hours (Total, this make and model), 53.9 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 4.4 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: BELLANCA
Registration: N50340
Model/Series: 7GCBC
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1978
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Aerobatic; Normal
Serial Number: 1074-79
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
Engine Model/Series: O-320
Registered Owner: Plane Folks Llc
Rated Power:
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: KTUS, 2555 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 32 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1553 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 285°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 110°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C / 3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Benson, AZ (E95)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Benson, AZ (E95)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0815 MST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: BENSON MUNI (E95)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 3830 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 28
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4002 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Stop and Go; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  31.999167, -110.355833 (est)

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