Monday, March 11, 2019

Fuel Related: Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, N8566D; accident occurred March 08, 2019 in Rushville, Rheridan County, Nebraska

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln, Nebraska

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket  - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Rushville, NE
Accident Number: GAA19CA160
Date & Time: 03/08/2019, 1145 MST
Registration: N8566D
Aircraft: Piper PA18
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel related
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that during flight, the engine lost partial power. He applied the carb heat and adjusted the mixture, but the engine did not respond. The engine continued to lose power and the pilot force landed on rough terrain. During landing the right wing struck the ground.

Additionally, the pilot reported that the accident could have been prevented if he had, "checked for carb ice sooner."

He reported that the temperature about the time of the accident was 30° F, and that the dew point was 34° F.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing spar.

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

According to the FAA Carburetor Ice Probability Chart, a serious icing probability existed at cruise or climb power.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 39, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 None
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/25/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/29/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 598 hours (Total, all aircraft), 123 hours (Total, this make and model), 598 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 61 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 17 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N8566D
Model/Series: PA18 150
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1957
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18-6220
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/06/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1750 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 6645 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320
Registered Owner: Stockmans Service & Supply Llc
Rated Power: 150 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Does Business As: Stateline Auto Service
Operator Designator Code: 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KGRN, 3562 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 25 Nautical Miles
Observation Time:
Direction from Accident Site: 35°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point: -1°C / 1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Rushville, NE (9V5)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Rushville, NE (9V5)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1045 MST
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:  42.459167, -102.501111 (est)

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