Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Ercoupe 415-C, N87173: Accident occurred November 03, 2019 in Greer, South Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbia

Old Time Aero LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N87173

NTSB Identification: GAA20CA059
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, November 03, 2019 in Greer, SC
Aircraft: Ercoupe 415, registration: N87173

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft lost control on landing.

Date: 04-NOV-19
Time: 15:00:00Z
Regis#: N87173
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: 415C
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: GREER
State: SOUTH CAROLINA

5 comments:

gretnabear said...

recall a flight in the late 50s, what interest me was "a two-place, low-wing monoplane that utilized a two-control system, linking the rudder and aileron controls systems (yaw and roll) with the steerable nose wheel, via a control wheel. The wheel controlled the elevator (pitch) and the steering of the airplane both on the ground and in the air, thus eliminating the need for rudder pedals. With no rudder pedals or stick, the aircraft took on automobile characteristics including a brake on the floor."

https://www.si.edu/object/nasm_A19790677000

Anonymous said...

Pretty hard to lose control of the flat footed flyer!

Anonymous said...

They are showing the aircraft as being Experimental, however, the FAA record shows it has a Standard Airworthiness.

Unknown said...

If the oleos and taxi "pucks" are not maintained, they can be tail low. This puts the wing into a flying angle of attack, and reduces steering authority on the nose gear. Since this one was experimental, I'd be curious about what modifications put it in that category. Also, when properly maintained, they can be landed in very strong crosswinds, so it is possible that weather played a factor, since Ercoupe pilots often fly in decent amounts of wind. Sad to see one of these neat old birds wrecked, glad the pilot was not hurt.

Anonymous said...


Ercoupes can be reclassified as "experimental" under certain STCs. Read here for info:


https://www.ercoupe.org/index.php/forums/general/413-new-engines-for-the-ercoupe