Friday, June 21, 2019

Taylorcraft BC12-D, N43766: Accident occurred June 17, 2019 at Solberg-Hunterdon Airport (N51), Readington, New Jersey

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allentown, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Readington, NJ
Accident Number: ERA19LA199
Date & Time: 06/17/2019, 1630 EDT
Registration: N43766
Aircraft:  Taylorcraft BC12
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 17, 2019, about 1630 eastern daylight time, a Taylorcraft BC12, N43766, was substantially damaged following a nose-over while landing at Solberg-Hunterdon Airport (N51), Readington, New Jersey. The private pilot/owner was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated at N51 about 1515. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot reported that he departed N51 and performed some "air work" before returning to the airport for some practice landings on runway 13 in the tailwheel-equipped airplane. Runway 13 was a mowed, turf runway that was 3,444 feet-long and 200 feet-wide. The pilot performed two landings to runway 13 and completed a traffic pattern to perform a third landing.

In a telephone interview with a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the pilot stated that the brakes "locked" during the landing and the airplane nosed over.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single engine land. His most recent FAA third class medical certificate was issued March 3, 2018. The pilot reported 1,600 total hours of flight experience, of which 100 hours were in the accident airplane make and model.

According to FAA records, the airplane was manufactured in 1946. Its most recent annual inspection was completed September 1, 2018 at 1,28.5 total aircraft hours.

At 1653, the weather recorded at Somerset Airport (SMQ), about 5 miles northeast of the accident site, included scattered clouds at 7,000 feet, a broken ceiling at 8,500 feet and calm winds. The temperature was 24°C, and the dew point was 19°C. The altimeter setting was 39.97 inches of mercury.

Two FAA inspectors (Operations/Airworthiness) examined the airplane at the accident site and later tested the brakes on the airplane after its recovery. With the brakes applied, the left-side braking action was "weak", and the right side had no braking action. When asked if it was possible to lock the brakes, the airworthiness inspector said, "Not at all." He added that with the brakes fully applied in the cockpit, and when pushed by hand at the tail, the airplane rolled on both main landing gear tires with little to no resistance.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Taylorcraft
Registration: N43766
Model/Series: BC12 D
Aircraft Category:Airplane 
Amateur Built: No
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: SMQ, 105 ft msl
Observation Time: 1653 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 7000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 8500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Readington, NJ (N51)
Destination: Readington, NJ (N51)

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: 40.582778, -74.736667 (est)

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