Thursday, December 19, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna 170B, N3276A; accident occurred July 19, 2019 at Deer Valley Airport (KDVT), Phoenix, Arizona

View of damage to the right wing and aileron. 
Federal Aviation Administration 


Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


https://registry.faa.gov/N3276A


Location: Phoenix, AZ
Accident Number: GAA19CA445
Date & Time: 07/19/2019, 1320 MST
Registration: N3276A
Aircraft: Cessna 170
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot in the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, on the downwind for runway 25R, "the tower told us that there was a crosswind." During the landing roll, the airplane veered to the left and exited the left side of the runway, and the right wing collided with the ground. When the airplane came to rest, the pilot exited the airplane and determined that there was "no wind."

The METAR at the accident site reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 25° at 08kts.

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: 66, Male
Airplane Rating(s): 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: BasicMed Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/31/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/17/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) , 41.7 hours (Total, this make and model), 8.4 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 6.2 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2.4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N3276A
Model/Series: 170 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1953
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 25920
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: C145
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 145 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: KDVT, 1455 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2052 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 129°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 9 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 250°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.93 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 14°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Oceanside, CA (OKB)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Phoenix, AZ (DVT)
Type of Clearance: VFR; VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1120 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Phoenix Deer Valley (DVT)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1478 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 25R
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4500 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 33.688333, -112.082500 (est)

1 comment:

  1. Pilot states he was setting up for long final due to crosswind reported by the tower. Pilot then determines after ground loop there was no wind.
    With 44 hrs total time in theC170, this type of accident is predictable. This is why it is very difficult to insure plane with new pilot. Most insurers insist on a minimum of 100 hrs. TW time before they will insure a new pilot. When I learned to fly at age 55, I wanted to learn and solo in tailwheel. I ended up purchasing a tailwheel aircraft to solo in, and flew it 100 hrs before insurers would accept me. My instructor was very good and insisted on flying in windy conditions and narrow short strips before signing me off. Reading the reports on this forum, this is a very common incident or accident. I realize that it can happen to any pilot regardless of age or experience.

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