Monday, November 11, 2019

Runway Excursion: Rockwell International 112A Commander, N1330J; accident occurred July 19, 2019 at Minam Lodge (7OR0), Cove, Union County, Oregon

View of left wing damage.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Cove, OR

Accident Number: GAA19CA450
Date & Time: 07/19/2019, 1330 PDT
Registration: N1330J
Aircraft: ROCKWELL 112A
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Runway excursion
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that, during takeoff from a 2,000-ft-long grass runway, "the airspeed indication was not showing a comfortable amount of increase." He aborted the takeoff and applied brakes, but the airplane overran the runway. The left wing impacted a pole, and the airplane came to rest in brush near the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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 delayed decision to abort the takeoff from a grass runway, which resulted in a runway overrun and subsequent impact with a pole.


Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)
Delayed action - Pilot (Cause)
Decision making/judgment - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Pole - Effect on equipment
Soft surface - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight


Takeoff-rejected takeoff
Attempted remediation/recovery
Runway excursion (Defining event)
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 49, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/31/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/15/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 6750 hours (Total, all aircraft), 48.7 hours (Total, this make and model), 6600 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 44 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 18 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1.9 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ROCKWELL
Registration: N1330J
Model/Series: 112A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1975
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 330
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4 
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/24/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1600 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-540-G1B5
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 300 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: KLGD, 2717 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2056 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 255°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Quincy, WA (80T)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Cove, OR (7OR0)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1000 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Minam Lodge (7OR0)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 3589 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Rough; Soft; Wet
Runway Used: N
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2000 ft / 40 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None
Latitude, Longitude: 45.354167, -117.633333 (est)

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