Saturday, February 2, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser, N2333M; accident occurred February 01, 2019 at Crystal Springs Ranch Airport (UT54), Leeds, Washington County, Utah

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Cedar City, UT

Accident Number: GAA19CA125
Date & Time: 02/01/2019, 1200 MDT
Registration: N2333M
Aircraft: Piper PA 12
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, before landing at an unimproved snow-covered airstrip, he chose to do a "low flyby with a light touch" to gauge the landing surface condition. He added that, when the airplane touched down on "what looked like compact snow," the landing gear dug into the snow crust, and the airplane nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings, the windshield, and the empennage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane 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 maintain pitch control while conducting a touch-and-go landing on an unimproved, snow-covered airstrip, which resulted in a nose-over.


Pitch control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Snow/slush/ice covered surface - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Nose over/nose down

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 76, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/25/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/10/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 3855 hours (Total, all aircraft), 109 hours (Total, this make and model), 3716 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 37 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 11 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N2333M
Model/Series: PA 12 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1946
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 12-1394
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 3
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/01/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1750 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2609 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, activated, aided in locating accident
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: KCDC, 5618 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1853 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 334°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts:  Light and Variable /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C / -3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Hurricane, UT (UT47)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Cedar City, UT (Unk)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1130 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

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:  37.405000, -112.909167 (est)

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah, February 1st, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A small plane that went down in rural Washington County was located late Friday afternoon.

The pilot and passenger had only minor injuries after the plane, which was trying to land on a snow-covered private runway, flipped upside down.

Officials from Iron and Washington counties worked on the search, as did pilots from SUU Aviation, out of Southern Utah University.

“Today, our great partnership with SUU aviation paid off big,” a statement from the Iron County Sheriff’s Office says.

“A call about an emergency locator transmitter from a down plane was called into the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Pilots from SUU aviation and deputies from Iron County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area only accessible by air or snowmobile.

“They located the pilot and his passenger with minor injuries,” the ICSO statement says. “They were flown from the crash site to an airport in Hurricane. We are happy to report they are safe.”

Original article can be found here ➤

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Utah — A plane with two people aboard crashed in Washington County Friday afternoon.

An FAA spokesman said the incident occurred on a snow-packed airstrip 30 miles northeast of St. George. According to the Iron County Sheriff’s Office the airstrip is in an area only accessible by snowmobile or aircraft.

The aircraft, a Piper PA-12, had two people on board when it flipped over during an attempt to land.

A Facebook post from the Iron County Sheriff’s Office said the pilot and his passenger suffered minor injuries and were flown from the crash site to an airport in Hurricane.

“We are happy to report they are safe,” the Facebook post said.

The FAA will conduct an investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤

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