Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Nose Over: Boeing B75N1, N75577, accident occurred May 18, 2019 at Bradford Regional Airport (KBFD), McKean County, Pennsylvania

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allegheny, Pennsylvania

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/N75577



Location: Bradford, PA
Accident Number: GAA19CA292
Date & Time: 05/18/2019, 1030 EDT
Registration: N75577
Aircraft: Stearman B75N1
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that upon touch down, the passenger seated in the front seat of the tandem cockpit airplane "mistakenly applied full braking" and the airplane nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 74, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Rear
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: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/28/2018
Occupational Pilot:No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/19/2019
Flight Time: (Estimated) 4600 hours (Total, all aircraft), 350 hours (Total, this make and model), 4350 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 14 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Stearman
Registration: N75577
Model/Series: B75N1 3
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1943
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 75-7845
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/08/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3143 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: W670-6A
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 220 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: KBFD, 2150 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1353 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 120°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 4600 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / 7°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Bradford, PA (BFD)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Bradford, PA (BFD)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1000 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Bradford Rgnl (BFD)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 2143 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 32
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6307 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

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: 41.803056, -78.640000 (est)

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