Sunday, June 09, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Starduster Too, N969TM, accident occurred June 18, 2018 at Morrilton Municipal Airport (KBDQ), Conway County, Arkansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Morrilton, AR
Accident Number: GAA18CA365
Date & Time: 06/19/2018, 0815 CDT
Registration: N969TM
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


According to the pilot in the tailwheel-equipped biplane, he was performing touch-and-go takeoffs and landings. During the landing roll, the biplane veered right, and he aborted the landing. However, the biplane failed to gain altitude, exited the right side of the runway, and collided with a drainage culvert. The biplane then rolled about 50 ft into the field on the right side of the runway and stopped.

The biplane sustained substantial damage to the lower right wing spar.

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

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's loss of directional control during an aborted landing.


Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Object/animal/substance - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)

Landing-aborted after touchdown
Runway excursion
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 60, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 5-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/12/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/05/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 233 hours (Total, all aircraft), 25 hours (Total, this make and model), 167 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CRAIG A REED
Registration: N969TM
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2016
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 1
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/16/2018, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1984 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 19.7 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-A3B6D
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 200 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: KRUE, 403 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1353 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 291°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4700 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 190°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 21°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Morrilton, AR (BDQ)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Morrilton, AR (BDQ)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0730 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 321 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 09
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4000 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

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:  35.136111, -92.713611 (est)

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