Sunday, June 16, 2019

Nose Over: Piper Super Cub Replica, N1698K, accident occurred September 29, 2018 in Saratoga Springs, Utah County, Utah

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Saratoga Springs, UT
Accident Number: GAA18CA576
Date & Time: 09/29/2018, 1230 MDT
Registration: N1698K
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot in the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that he had performed several takeoffs and landings from the shoreline of a lake. He reported that during the takeoff roll about 25 knots airspeed, a crosswind gust from the right, pushed the airplane to the left and into the water. The left main landing gear entered the water and spun the airplane 90° to the left, and the airplane nosed over.

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

The pilot reported that during takeoff the wind was out of 180° at 20 knots and gusting to 45 knots.

The METAR for an airport located 4 nautical miles from the accident site reported that about the time of the accident, the wind was out of 210° at 11 knots. No gusts were reported. The pilot reported that his direction of takeoff was to the southeast.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 45, 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: None None
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/20/2012
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/01/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 2500 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1300 hours (Total, this make and model), 2450 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 15 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0.5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: RAYMON A. KING
Registration: N1698K
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1990
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 001
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/01/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1400 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-360-NEXP
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: KPVU, 4497 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1856 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 111°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 8000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 21000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 11 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 210°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 6°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Salt Lake City, UT (U42)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Fayette, MO (MU77)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1200 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 40.244167, -111.807222 (est)

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