Saturday, February 09, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Zlin Savage Classic, N808JD, accident occurred January 03, 2019 at Ernest A. Love Field Airport (KPRC), Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona

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

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Prescott, AZ
Accident Number: GAA19CA112
Date & Time: 01/03/2019, 1312 MST
Registration: N808JD
Aircraft: ZLIN Savage
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 


The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, while practicing stop-and-go landings, the airplane touched down and immediately veered right. The pilot attempted to correct with opposite rudder; however, the airplane ground looped to the right and exited the right side of the runway. During the ground-loop, the left wing struck the ground. The airplane subsequently nosed over and came to rest inverted.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing lift strut and wing.

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

At the time of the accident, the pilot was landing the airplane on runway 21R with wind from 070° at 4 knots. 

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 directional control during the landing roll with a tailwind.


Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Tailwind - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Attempted remediation/recovery
Runway excursion
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)
Nose over/nose down

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 45, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/11/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/18/2018
Flight Time: (Estimated) 490 hours (Total, all aircraft), 40 hours (Total, this make and model), 437 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 57 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 37 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ZLIN
Registration: N808JD 
Model/Series: Savage
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2006
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 0095
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/12/2018, Continuous Airworthiness
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1250 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 51 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 912ULS
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 100 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: PRC, 5000 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 2053 UTC
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 70°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.15 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C / -12°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Prescott, AZ (PRC)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Prescott, AZ (PRC)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1309 MST
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 5045 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 21R 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4846 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: 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:  34.653333, -112.420000 (est)

A small aircraft came to rest upside down at the Prescott Regional Airport after a maneuver went awry on January 3rd, 2019.

While practicing touch-and-go landings, the rated pilot took too sharp a turn and rolled off the side of the airstrip at about 1:15 p.m., said Prescott Airport Operations Supervisor Doug Whitney.

“Nobody was injured, no fires, no airport property damage, kind of a routine little thing really,” Whitney said.

The pilot was the sole occupant of the plane, which was quickly righted and removed from the runway without interrupting commercial air traffic.

“It was on our small general aviation runway, so it did not affect the airlines,” Whitney said.

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