Saturday, October 12, 2019

Nose Over: American Champion 8GCBC Scout, N632K; accident occurred October 12, 2019 near Henry's Lake Airport (U53), Island Park, Fremont County, Idaho

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Henrys Lake, ID
Accident Number: GAA20CA011
Date & Time: 10/12/2019, 1418 MDT
Registration: N632K
Aircraft: Champion 8GCBC
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that, during landing on an off-airport field, he conducted a three-point attitude, soft-field landing. The landing surface was softer than originally expected, so he attempted to recover by adding power. Subsequently, the airplane nosed over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and empennage. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's decision to land on unsuitable terrain, which resulted in a nose-over.


Personnel issues
Decision making/judgment - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Soft surface - Effect on operation (Cause)
Soft surface - Decision related to condition (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Nose over/nose down (Defining event) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 20, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
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 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/12/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/20/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 264.8 hours (Total, all aircraft), 264.8 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 16 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4.3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Champion
Registration: N632K
Model/Series: 8GCBC No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:2001 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 433-2001
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/01/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 852.1 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-360-C1G
Registered Owner: Ralph R Pocock Farms Inc
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: Ralph R Pocock Farms Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KWYS, 6649 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2010 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 87°
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: 30.1 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 3°C / -8°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Rexburg, ID (RXE)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Rexburg, ID (RXE)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1315 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

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: 44.673611, -111.424444 (est)

HENRYS LAKE – A plane crash in Island Park is currently under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration. 

Fremont County Sheriff Len Humphries tells a single-engine plane crashed on a landing strip off state highway 87 near Henrys’ Lake Saturday afternoon.

The call came in around 2:15.

The plane flipped over after it landed. Humphries did not know the type of airplane or what caused the crash, but the pilot walked away without any injuries. His name has not been released. He is from Sugar City.

A witness who saw the crash wrote on Facebook,

“There was a lot of effort put forth by those who were first on the scene, from emergency response to deputies, ambulance and state patrol, for someone that was trying to land a perfectly good plane.”

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified. An investigation is underway with more details forthcoming.

Original article ➤

POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - A 20-year-old Sugar City man walked away from a small plane crash in Island Park Saturday.

Dawson Pocock was trying to land his single-engine plane on an airstrip near Henry’s Lake.   Somehow it flipped to its top.

Pocock was not seriously hurt and was not taken to the hospital.

People who were fishing on the lake at the time said the plane was circling very slowly just before the crash.   It happened around 2:15 p.m.

There is no runway at Henry's Lake, just a field with a windsock that is a designated airstrip.

The field was snow-covered at the time which may have contributed to the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified about the crash.

Story and video ➤

HENRY’S LAKE - A single-engine airplane coming in for a landing at the Henry’s Lake Airstrip overturned upon landing Saturday afternoon. There were no injuries.

“The airplane is upside down,” said Fremont County Sheriff Len Humphries.

Humphries reported the incident occurred at 2:18 p.m. An ambulance was called but was soon sent back home by Fremont County Sheriff’s deputies.

Recent rainy and snowy weather may have contributed to the accident, he said. 

“The pilot was landing and apparently the wheels hit a soft spot. The runway up there is not paved. It’s a dirt runway. We’ve had a lot of moisture up there the last little while,” Humphries said.

It wasn’t known where the pilot was from or the amount of monetary damage to the airplane.

Original article ➤

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