Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Aeronca 7EC Champion, N4349C: Accident occurred June 21, 2019 near Walker County Airport-Bevill Field (KJFX), Jasper, Walker County, Alabama

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Birmingham, Alabama

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N4349C

Location: Jasper, AL
Accident Number: ERA19LA202
Date & Time: 06/21/2019, 1300 CDT
Registration: N4349C
Aircraft: Aeronca S7EC
Injuries:2 None 
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 21, 2019, at 1300 central daylight time, an Aeronca S7EC, N4349C, was substantially damaged during a forced landing while on final approach to Walker County Airport-Bevill Field (JFX), Jasper, Alabama. The airline transport pilot/owner and a pilot-rated passenger were not injured. The personal flight departed from a private airport near Hayden, Alabama, and was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that departed about 1235.

The pilot/owner stated that he and the pilot-rated passenger departed the private airport for the 25 nautical mile flight to JFX. As they approached the destination airport, engine power was reduced, and they conducted a series of "s" turns to slow the airplane and increase separation due to other aircraft in the JFX airport traffic pattern. On the final leg of the traffic pattern, the throttle was increased, but the engine did not respond. The pilot attempted to troubleshoot by checking the fuel, carburetor heat, and magneto switches. He pumped the throttle several times, after which the engine surged, then completely "quit" while descending through 500 ft. The pilot made a forced landing in a grass field about 600 ft short of runway 27. The airplane touched down and during the landing ground roll, it struck a drainage ditch, shearing off the landing gear as the airplane skidded to a stop.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the airframe was substantially damaged during landing; the landing gear was sheared off which resulted in substantial damage to the underside of the fuselage. The fuel quantity of the main tank, which holds 13 gallons, remained intact and appeared to contain about 8 gallons of fuel.

The pilot, age 86, held an airline transport pilot certificate, with ratings for airplane multiengine land, airplane single-engine land, and instrument airplane. He also held a flight instructor certificate. The pilot reported 19,050 hours of total time, of which 300 hours were in the accident airplane make and model.

According to FAA airworthiness and airplane maintenance records, the airplane was issued an airworthiness certificate on November 28, 1955. It was a two-place, externally braced high-wing airplane, that was equipped with conventional landing gear, and a Continental C90-12F, 95-horsepower engine driving a two-blade wooden fixed pitch propeller.

The weather conditions reported at JFX, at 1255, included no wind data, visibility 10 statute miles, broken cloud coverage at 4,300 ft, temperature 34° C, dew point 23° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.00 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Aeronca
Registration: N4349C
Model/Series: S7EC 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: JFX, 482 ft msl
Observation Time: 1255 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 34°C / 23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4300 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Hayden, AL (PVT)
Destination: Jasper, AL (JFX) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire:None 
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion:None 
Total Injuries:2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 33.901111, -87.304167

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