Thursday, June 13, 2019

Cessna 140, N73053: Accident occurred June 12, 2019 at Independence State Airport (7S5) Independence, Polk County, Oregon

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Hillsboro, Oregon 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Independence, OR
Accident Number: WPR19LA169
Date & Time: 06/12/2019, 1435 PDT
Registration: N73053
Aircraft: Cessna 140
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On June 12, 2019, about 1435 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 140 tailwheel equipped airplane, N73053, sustained substantial damage during the landing roll out at the Independence State Airport (7S5), Independence, Oregon. The certified flight instructor (CFI) and student pilot/owner were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the owner under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local area flight and no flight plan had been field. The flight originated from 7S5 about 1300.

According to the CFI, they had flown to Newport Municipal Airport (ONP), Newport, Oregon, did a touch-and-go landing, flew up the coast toward Lincoln, Oregon, and back to 7S5. The landing at ONP was normal. The CFI reported that the landing at 7S5 was also normal; however, on the landing roll out, as the airplane was slowing down and they were exiting the runway, there was a loud "clunk." The airplane slid sideways, bounced and then ground looped. The airplane came to a stop off to the right side of the runway. The CFI stated that the right wheel assembly separated at the axle.

The student pilot reported that he had purchased the airplane in April 2019 and was flying 1 -3 times a week working toward his private pilot certificate. During the previous flights, there had been no issues. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N73053
Model/Series: 140 Undesignated
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: KSLE, 201 ft msl
Observation Time: 2056 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Unknown
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Unknown
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.7 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Independence, OR (7S5)
Destination: Independence, OR (7S5)

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:  44.867222, -123.198333 (est)

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