Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Aeronca 7DC, N83391: Accident occurred June 12, 2019 in Nome Creek, Alaska

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

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


Location: Nome Creek, AK
Accident Number: ANC19LA024
Date & Time: 06/12/2019, 1930 AKD
Registration: N83391
Aircraft: Aeronca 7DC
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On June 12, 2019, about 1930 Alaska daylight time, an Aeronca 7DC airplane, N83391, sustained substantial damage, during an off-airport landing, following a loss of control after the tailwheel of the airplane separated from the fuselage, near Nome Creek, Alaska. The private pilot sustained no injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 as a visual flight rules personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from the Fairbanks International Airport (FAI), Fairbanks, Alaska, about 1830.

The pilot reported that, after selecting an area to land, he performed a wheel landing. When he lowered the tail, the rudder pedal jammed, and the airplane veered right. He attempted to raise the tail to regain rudder control, with no effect. The airplane exited the intended landing area and was headed toward trees, he pulled the throttle to idle, and applied aft pressure on the control stick while applying the brakes. Subsequently, the airplane stopped short of the tree line in the brush.

The pilot further reported that, the tailwheel had failed at the forward attach point, the spring had dug into the ground, and the broken tailwheel had caught the rudder and had jammed it.

The airplane was removed from the accident site and transported back to the FAI airport for further examination.

The closest weather reporting station was FAI, which was about 43 nautical miles from the accident site. At 1853, FAI was reporting, in part: wind 280° at 12 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, few clouds 8,000 ft, broken 25,000 ft; temperature 73°; dew point 37°.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Aeronca
Registration: N83391
Model/Series: 7DC No Series
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: PAFA, 432 ft msl
Observation Time: 0253 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 43 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 8000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots / , 280°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 25000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Fairbanks, AK (FAI)
Destination: Nome Creek, AK

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:  65.337222, -146.726111 (est)

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