Sunday, June 16, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Van's RV-8, N289MM, accident occurred September 11, 2018 at Carson City Airport (KCXP), Nevada

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Carson, Nevada

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Carson, NV
Accident Number: GAA18CA548
Date & Time: 09/11/2018, 1210 PDT
Registration: N289MM
Aircraft: Vans VANS RV 8
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that, during landing, the airplane was "slightly fast", touched down "firm" on the runway and bounced. He increased the engine power to cushion the subsequent landing, but the airplane touched down "left wing low" and pointed to the right. He then corrected with opposite rudder and brake, but airplane veered right, and exited the runway to the right.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

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

The automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 240° at 9 knots, gusting 20 knots. The airplane landed on runway 09. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 81, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Center
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: 06/11/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/26/2018
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 3800 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1142 hours (Total, this make and model), 3800 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 32 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 12 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 7 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Vans
Registration: N289MM
Model/Series: VANS RV 8 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2006
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 81934
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/12/2018, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1800 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1108.5 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Titan
ELT: C91A installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: IO-361A4M
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 180 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: KCXP, 4699 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1915 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 182°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR): 
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots / 20 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 240°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / -17°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Bishop, CA (BIH)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Carson, NV (CXP)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1100 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Carson (CXP)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 4704 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 09
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6101 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

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:  39.192222, -119.732500 (est)

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