Sunday, July 07, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Cub Crafters CCX-2000, N18JG, accident occurred May 28, 2018 at Coeur d'Alene Airport Hayden, Kootenai County, Idaho

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane, Washington

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Couer D'Alene, ID

Accident Number: GAA18CA315
Date & Time: 05/28/2018, 1320 PDT
Registration: N18JG
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that he lost directional control upon touchdown on the runway. The airplane ground looped to the left, and the leading edge of the right wing dipped and contacted the runway. The airplane then came to rest upright.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right-wing rear spar and right aileron.

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 system located at the airport reported that, 26 minutes after the accident, the wind was from 250° at 11 knots, gusting to 17 knots. The pilot landed the airplane on runway 24.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during landing in gusting wind conditions.


Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Gusts - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Loss of control on ground (Defining event) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 72, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/15/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/31/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 2500 hours (Total, all aircraft), 46 hours (Total, this make and model), 2400 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 32 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 19 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: JIM GREEN
Registration: N18JG
Model/Series: CCX 2000
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2017
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: CCX-2000-0003
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 12/04/2017, Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 76.1 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: AeroSport Power
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: CC363i
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 187 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: KCOE
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 2056 UTC
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 11 knots / 17 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 250°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Everett, WA (KAPE)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Couer D'Alene, ID (COE)
Type of Clearance: VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1148 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 2320 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 24
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 7400 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 47.774444, -116.819444 (est)

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