Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Nose Down: Aerotek Pitts S-2B, N5310S; accident occurred September 28, 2019 at Morrisville-Stowe State Airport (KMVL), Lamoille County, Vermont

View of nosed down Aerotek Pitts S-2B, N5310S

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine

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: Morrisville, VT
Accident Number: GAA19CA577
Date & Time: 09/28/2019, 1130 EDT
Registration: N5310S
Aircraft: Pitts S2
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The biplane pilot reported that, during the landing roll, the biplane veered right. He applied left rudder and brakes, the left-wing tip scrapped the runway and the biplane exited the runway to the left. He then applied more brakes to avoid a drainage ditch and the biplane nosed down.

The pilot reported that the biplane sustained substantial damage to the lower, left-wing spar.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Commercial; Private
Age: 79, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Waiver Time Limited Special
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/02/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/17/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 11000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2500 hours (Total, this make and model), 11000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 50 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 30 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Pitts
Registration: N5310S
Model/Series: S2 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1984
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Aerobatic
Serial Number: 5004
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/22/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1696 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2305 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: AEIO 540 D4A5
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 260 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMVL, 732 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1454 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 190°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 11000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 340°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 12°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Morrisville, VT (MVL)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Morrisville, VT (MVL)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1100 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Morrisville-Stowe State (MVL)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 732 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 01
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3700 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

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: 44.534444, -72.613889 (est)

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