Sunday, February 10, 2019

Controlled Flight into Terrain / Object: Aviat S-2C Pitts Special, N126BB; accident occurred October 09, 2018 in Hampton, Henry County, Georgia

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; College Park, Georgia

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Hampton, GA
Accident Number: GAA19CA021
Date & Time: 10/09/2018, 1635 EDT
Registration: N126BB
Aircraft: AVIAT S
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Controlled flight into terr/obj (CFIT)
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Other Work Use


The biplane pilot reported that, while performing a reconnaissance flight to determine the viability of landing the biplane on the infield section of the racing track for an upcoming airshow, he made several passes and saw no power wires. He added that, during an approach to the proposed landing area, the biplane struck a power wire. The pilot aborted the approach, performed a quick controllability check, and decided to land at a nearby airport. The pilot landed the biplane without further incident.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left ailerons.

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

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to see and avoid power wires during approach.


Personnel issues
Monitoring environment - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Wire - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Approach-VFR pattern final
Controlled flight into terr/obj (CFIT) (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor
Age: 48, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 5-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/15/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/19/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 12392 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1598 hours (Total, this make and model), 9817 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 127 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 22 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AVIAT
Registration: N126BB
Model/Series: S 2C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2001
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Aerobatic; Normal
Serial Number: 6046
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/23/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1800 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2712 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: AEIO-450
Registered Owner: Grayout Aerosports Llc
Rated Power: 265 hp
Operator: Grayout Aerosports Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: K6A2, 959 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2035 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 166°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2200 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 6500 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 60°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 21°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Hampton, GA (HMP)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Hampton, GA (HMP)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1630 EDT
Type of Airspace:Class G  

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:  33.385833, -84.322222 (est)

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