Sunday, May 12, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Van's RV-14, N823HE, accident occurred September 24, 2018 at Heber City Municipal Airport (KHCR), Wasatch County, Utah

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Heber City, UT

Accident Number: GAA18CA566
Date & Time: 09/24/2018, 0945 MDT
Registration: N823HE
Aircraft: Vans RV-14
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot in the experimental amateur-built, tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that during the landing roll, when the tailwheel touched down, the airplane veered to the right. He increased the engine power to increase the airflow around the rudder, but the airplane then veered to the left and exited the left side of the runway.

With full throttle applied and full flaps, and unaware of his airspeed, he initiated a climb. However, the left main landing gear struck a taxiway sign, and the airplane became airborne. The pilot reduced the throttle to idle and the airplane touched down on the grass safety area and stopped.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left main landing gear attachment points.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial; Flight Engineer
Age: 51, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/14/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 16000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 17 hours (Total, this make and model), 6000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 133 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 48 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Vans
Registration: N823HE
Model/Series: RV-14 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2016
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 140082
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/15/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2050 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 138 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: YIO 390 EXP10
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 210 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: K36U, 5637 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1456 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 303°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 12000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 180°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C / 6°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Heber City, UT (HCR)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Heber City, UT (HCR)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0945 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Heber City Muni - Russ Mcdonal (HCR)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 5636 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 22
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6898 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Touch and Go; 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: 40.481944, -111.428889 (est)

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