Sunday, December 15, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Acro Sport II, N44JS; accident occurred November 04, 2018 at Culpeper Regional Airport (KCJR), 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; Herndon, Virginia

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Culpeper, VA
Accident Number: GAA19CA047
Date & Time: 11/04/2018, 1430 EST
Registration: N44JS
Aircraft: Poberezny ACRO SPORT II
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that, after a 3-point landing, during the landing roll, the airplane veered left. He corrected with right rudder, but the airplane continued left. He then "applied increasing right rudder" and the airplane "turned sharply to the right and ground looped."

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 58, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/10/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/25/2018
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 1024 hours (Total, all aircraft), 125 hours (Total, this make and model), 959 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Poberezny
Registration: N44JS
Model/Series: ACRO SPORT II 2
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1994
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 4153
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/17/2018, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1520 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 428.27 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: HO-360B1B
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 180 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: KCJR, 316 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1835 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 21°
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: 30.45 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / 1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Culpeper, VA (CJR)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Culpeper, VA (CJR)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1420 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Culpeper Rgnl (CJR)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 315 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 04
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5000 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

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: 38.525556, -77.859722 (est)

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