Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Collision During Landing: Piper PA-18-150, N5830C; accident occurred July 05, 2019 in Talkeetna, Alaska

View of fuselage and wing lift strut damage. 
Federal Aviation Administration 

Additional Participating Entry:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Talkeetna, AK

Accident Number: GAA19CA388
Date & Time: 07/05/2019, 1500 AKD
Registration: N5830C
Aircraft: Piper PA18
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 


The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, while landing off-airport on rough grassy terrain, the airplane struck a "bump" and bounced. After touching down again, the pilot applied brakes with the tail up, attempting to stop the airplane before it reached the top of a hill. However, the airplane reached the top of the hill and then proceeded downhill with the tail up and hit additional bumps. Subsequently, the airplane nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and left wing lift strut.

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 improper decision to land on rough, grassy terrain, which resulted in a nose-over.


Brake - Incorrect use/operation (Cause)

Personnel issues
Use of equip/system - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Rough terrain - Effect on operation (Cause)
Rough terrain - Decision related to condition (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Off-field or emergency landing
Collision during takeoff/land (Defining event)
Nose over/nose down

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 27, 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 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/06/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/16/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 87 hours (Total, all aircraft), 87 hours (Total, this make and model), 50.2 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 33.2 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 11.2 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N5830C
Model/Series: PA18 150
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1962
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18-7778
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/01/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1750 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5157.41 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320 B2B
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: PAEC, 1400 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2259 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 350°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 5000 ft agl
Visibility:  30 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 190°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / 12°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Anchorage, AK (MRI)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Anchorage, AK (MRI)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1200 AKD
Type of Airspace: Class G

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: 62.630000, -149.830000 (est)

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