Saturday, February 2, 2019

Experimental RoadRunner, N949TS: Accident occurred January 29, 2019 at Truckee-Tahoe Airport (KTRK), Nevada County, California

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada

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/N949TS


Location: Truckee, CA
Accident Number: GAA19CA120
Date & Time: 01/29/2019, 1427 PST
Registration: N949TS
Aircraft: EMMET SMITH ROADRUNNER
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 roll, the tailwheel equipped airplane began to ground loop left. He corrected with opposite rudder and aileron and regained control of the airplane, but the airplane started to veer right. The pilot added that while the airplane was veering right towards the edge of the runway, he assumed the snow on the adjacent field was compacted and would efficiently slow the airplane so he let the airplane exit the runway to the right but the snow was "softer than [he] anticipated" and the airplane nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right-wing lift strut.

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 accident airport, about the time of the accident, reported the wind was from 020ยบ at 3 knots. The airplane landed on runway 20.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 69, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
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 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/01/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1434 hours (Total, all aircraft), 6379 hours (Total, this make and model), 1388 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 32 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 9.2 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 4.2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: EMMET SMITH
Registration: N949TS
Model/Series: ROADRUNNER
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2018
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 0818
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/13/2018, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2100 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 63 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: HIO-360-B1A
Registered Owner: On file
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: KTRK, 5900 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2224 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 90°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 7000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 8000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 20°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 7°C / -1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Beckwourth, CA (O02)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Truckee, CA (TRK)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1400 PST
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Truckee-Tahoe (TRK)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 5904 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 20
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4654 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: 39.320000, -120.139444 (est)

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