Saturday, June 08, 2019

Collision During Landing: Bellanca 7GCBC, N90990, accident occurred August 05, 2018 in Wiley, Prowers County, Colorado

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Wiley, CO
Accident Number: CEN18LA316
Date & Time: 08/05/2018, 0830 MDT
Registration: N90990
Aircraft: Champion 7GCBC
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Collision during takeoff/land
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On August 5, 2018, about 0830 mountain daylight time, a Champion 7GCBC airplane, N90990, impacted pivot sprinkler support guy-wires and terrain during a landing on a private airstrip near Wiley, Colorado. The private pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged during the impact. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The flight originated from the Lamar Municipal Airport (LAA), near Lamar, Colorado, about 0820, and was destined for the private airstrip.

According to the pilot's accident report, he was setting up for landing on his airstrip and everything seemed normal on the descent. The only thing different on this landing was that the agricultural irrigation pivot sprinkler had stopped with the sprinkler's last pipe or "overhang pipe" over the runway. The pilot thought that he was high enough to clear the sprinkler overhang pipe and had "no idea" that the airplane was not going to clear the guy-wires that support the sprinkler overhang pipe. The pilot said, "After investigating the accident later it was obvious the right landing gear tire struck the [guy-]wire. The two [guy-]wires are about 10 ft higher than the overhang pipe." The airplane's nose subsequently impacted terrain and the airplane came to rest inverted. The pilot released the seat belt, kicked out a side window, crawled out, and called for help. A family member took the pilot to a local hospital. The pilot indicated that there were no mechanical malfunctions during the flight.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 70, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/14/2018
Occupational Pilot:
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:   3000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 250 hours (Total, this make and model), 3000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 20 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1.5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Champion
Registration: N90990
Model/Series: 7GCBC
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1973
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 440-73
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/07/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1650 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1865.78 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT:  Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-320-A2B
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 150 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: KLAA, 3704 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0853 MDT
Direction from Accident Site: 152°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 14°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Lamar, CO (LAA)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Wiley, CO
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0820 MDT
Type of Airspace:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  38.197778, -102.774722 (est)

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