Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Champion 7AC, N1797E: Accident occurred May 27, 2019 at Windrift Aerodrome (2GA5), Concord, Pike County, Georgia

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

https://registry.faa.gov/N1797E

Location: Concord, GA
Accident Number: ERA19LA182
Date & Time: 05/27/2019, 1000 EDT
Registration: N1797E
Aircraft: Aeronca 7AC
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 27, 2019, at 1000 eastern daylight time, an Aeronca 7AC, N1797E, was substantially damaged when it impacted trees shortly after landing at Windrift Aerodrome (2GA5), Concord, Georgia. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was privately owned and operated as a personal flight under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that originated from 2GA5 about 30 minutes earlier.

According to the pilot, he landed uneventfully on runway 35 and applied left brake to initiate a left turn off the turf runway; however, the brake did not function. He then applied the right brake, which "stuck" and would not release. He attempted to pump the right brake to release it with no effect. The airplane veered right, departed the runway, crossed a gravel road and collided with trees.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airman records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. His most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued in June 2010, at which time he reported 325 flight hours.

According to FAA airworthiness records, the two-seat tailwheel-equipped airplane was manufactured in 1946. The tachometer located in the airplane at the time of the accident indicated 622.97 hours.

Examination of the accident site and wreckage revealed that the airplane came to rest about100 ft east of runway 35, about 1,200 ft beyond the approach end of the 3,200 ft long runway. A ground scar consistent with the right tire was observed on the turf leading up to the edge of the gravel road near where the airplane came to rest. Both wings were fractured at the wing roots and displaced aft, and exhibited damage to the leading edges consistent with tree impacts.

At 0955, the weather reported at Thomaston-Upson County Airport (OPN), Thomaston, Georgia, about 10 miles southeast of accident, included wind from 360° at 3 knots, clear skies, temperature 28° C, dew point 17° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.13 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Aeronca
Registration: N1797E
Model/Series: 7AC
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: KOPN, 797 ft msl
Observation Time: 0955 EDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 360°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Concord, GA (2GA5)
Destination: Concord, GA (2GA5) 

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:  33.044444, -84.432222 (est)

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