Saturday, September 07, 2019

Nose Over: Stinson 108 Voyager, N97699; accident occurred September 01, 2019 at Bandera State Airport (4W0), King County, Washington

View of damaged vertical stabilizer and rudder. 
Federal Aviation Administration

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Location: Bandera, WA
Accident Number: GAA19CA522
Date & Time: 09/01/2019, 1130 PDT
Registration: N97699
Aircraft: Stinson 108
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that, he wanted to "practice" a rejected takeoff on a downhill, 2,344 ft grass runway. During the simulated rejected takeoff, the airplane floated and did not settle immediately on the runway. He felt he could not go around, so he landed the airplane, applied brakes, and the airplane overran the runway down a shallow embankment and nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer and rudder.

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

The pilot added that he should have practiced the maneuver on a longer runway. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 57, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/12/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/30/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 456 hours (Total, all aircraft), 274 hours (Total, this make and model), 395 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 17 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Stinson
Registration: N97699
Model/Series: 108 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1946
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 108-699
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/04/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2933.27 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Franklin
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 6A4-165-B3
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 165 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: KSMP, 3967 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1756 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 131°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 4000 ft agl
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 5000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Bandera, WA (4W0)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Bandera, WA (4W0)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1130 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Bandera State (4W0)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 1636 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 26
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2344 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Simulated Forced Landing

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: 47.395278, -121.536389 (est)

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