Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Nieuport 11, N1398; accident occurred September 23, 2019 at Cook Airfield (K50), Rose Hill, Butler County, Kansas

View of damaged lower right and upper left wing.
Federal Aviation Administration

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita, Kansas 

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

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


Location: Rose Hill, KS
Accident Number: GAA19CA560
Date & Time: 09/23/2019, 0830 CDT
Registration: N1398
Aircraft: THOMAS LEE Nieuport
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 biplane reported that, during takeoff, he added power and the airplane veered left, which he was unable to "check." The airplane veered off the runway to the left and impacted the precision approach path indicator (PAPI) lights, spun 180°, and came to rest in the grass adjacent to the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the lower right wing.

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 5 miles to the northwest, reported that, about 5 minutes after the accident, the wind was calm. The pilot was departing runway 17.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 81, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/01/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 3460 hours (Total, all aircraft), 272 hours (Total, this make and model), 3460 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: THOMAS LEE
Registration: N1398
Model/Series: Nieuport II
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1988
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 1398
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/26/2019, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 793 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 397.4 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: O-145-B2
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 65 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: KIAB, 1371 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1335 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 306°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.23 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C / -7°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Rose Hill, KS (K50)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Rose Hill, KS (K50)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1030 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: COOK AIRFIELD (K50)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1345 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 17
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3472 ft / 40 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

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: 37.564722, -97.174722 (est)

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