Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Loss of Control in Flight: Globe GC-1B Swift, N78193; accident occurred May 14, 2016 near Green Landings Airport (WV22), Hedgesville, Berkeley County, West Virginia

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

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: Hedgesville, WV
Accident Number: ERA16LA184
Date & Time: 05/14/2016, 1310 EDT
Registration: N78193
Aircraft: GLOBE GC 1B
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On May 14, 2016, at 1310 eastern daylight time, a Globe GC-1B, N78193, was substantially damaged during climb out from Green Landings Airport (WV22), Hedgesville, West Virginia. The pilot was seriously injured and passenger received minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by private individual in accordance with Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.

According to the pilot, he had just purchased the airplane the day of the accident. Prior to departure he conducted a run up and taxied to the grass strip runway for takeoff from runway 3. He said that the takeoff was uneventful and during climb out all engine indications were normal. When the airplane reached about 100 ft above ground level (agl), he said that it banked sharply to the left. He attempted to level wings but was unsuccessful. The nose of the airplane pitched down and the airplane collided with the ground. The pilot reported that he only accumulated 3 flight hours in make and model.

According to a witness, he watched the airplane perform a run up prior to takeoff. He said that runway windsock indicated gusty winds and a slight quartering tailwind. He also noticed that the airplane did not use the entire length of the runway for the take off. As the airplane began its takeoff roll it drifted to the left and rotated. The engine was at full power and the airplane was at a high pitch as it began climbing rapidly. The witness observed a rapid aileron input and the airplane stalled.

Initial examination of the airplane by a West Virginia State Trooper revealed that the airplane came to rest in the front of a residential home. Both wings were buckled and the horizontal stabilizers were broken away from the empennage. Examination of the engine and flight controls by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed no anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

The weather conditions at the Hagerstown, Washington County Regional Airport (HGR), approximately 13 nautical miles from the accident site, were winds at 290° at 13 knots with 22 knot gusts, light rain and 8 statute miles visibility, with scattered clouds at 4,900 ft agl. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 39, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present:No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/28/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/20/2015
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 980 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3 hours (Total, this make and model), 760 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 300 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 100 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: GLOBE
Registration: N78193
Model/Series: GC 1B NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 2193
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/02/2015, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1970 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2162.2 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320 SERIES
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 160 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: HGR, 703 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1253 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 235°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4900 ft agl
Visibility:  8 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 6000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 13 knots / 22 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 290°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.75 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 11°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Hedgesville, WV (WV22)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Ormond Beach, FL (OMN)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1310 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Green Landings Airport (WV22)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 490 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Wet
Runway Used: 03
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2600 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 39.574722, -77.971389 (est)

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