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Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna 140, N4102N, accident occurred August 17, 2018 in Hayes Center, Hayes 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: Hayes Center, NE

Accident Number: GAA18CA495
Date & Time: 08/17/2018, 0940 CDT
Registration: N4102N
Aircraft: Cessna 140
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot in the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that the airplane bounced during the wheel-landing on the narrow private grass airstrip. He allowed a "slight drift" to persist without adequate corrective rudder input, and the right wing collided with the cornstalks that outlined the perimeter of the airstrip. The right main landing gear failed, and the airplane came to rest on its right wing which was in contact with the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial to the right wing.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 64, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: Yes
Medical Certification: BasicMed With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/02/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/27/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 525 hours (Total, all aircraft), 83 hours (Total, this make and model), 484 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 9.3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 0.6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0.6 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N4102N
Model/Series: 140 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1947
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 13560
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/28/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1451 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:  as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: C85 SERIES
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 85 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: , 3034 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0940 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Wallace, NE (64V)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Wallace, NE (64V)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0900 CDT
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:  40.493611, -101.043056 (est)

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