Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Nose Over: Murphy SR 3500 Moose, N235DS; accident occurred June 09, 2019 at Lake Tahoe Airport South (KTVL), El Dorado County, California

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

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



Investigation Docket  - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

https://registry.faa.gov/N235DS

Location: South Lake Tahoe, CA
Accident Number: GAA19CA324
Date & Time: 06/09/2019, 1215 PDT
Registration: N235DS
Aircraft: DAVID SHOTWELL MURPHY
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot in the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the landing roll, the airplane's ground speed was about 30 knots when he applied the brakes lightly, and the tailwheel lifted off the ground. His seatbelt which was not tightened, allowed him to slide forward in his seat and he inadvertently applied more brake pressure and the airplane nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing lift strut and the rudder.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport
Age: 64, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/27/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/05/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 30033 hours (Total, all aircraft), 11 hours (Total, this make and model), 25002 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 11 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 11 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: DAVID SHOTWELL
Registration: N235DS
Model/Series: MURPHY SR 3500
Aircraft Category:Airplane 
Year of Manufacture: 2000
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 096SR
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 5
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/08/2018, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3500 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 255 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Vedeneyev
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: M-14P
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 360 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: KTVL, 6314 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time:
Direction from Accident Site: 3°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Light and Variable /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.74 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 6°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: South Lake Tahoe, CA (TVL)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: South Lake Tahoe, CA (TVL)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1115 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: South Lake Tahoe (TVL)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 6268 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 18
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 8541 ft / 100 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: 38.893889, -119.995278 (est)





SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, California (KOLO)-- An experimental aircraft ground-looped upon landing at the Lake Tahoe Airport South on Sunday, June 9th. 

The crash of the small plane injured no one.

The Murphy SR 3500 Moose ground-looped while landing on Runway 18 around 12:15 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration reported. A ground loop is a tight turn on the ground in which one wing dips, the FAA said. The pilot was the only person on board.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.
Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.kolotv.com

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