Friday, December 06, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Taylorcraft BC12-D, N43715; accident occurred May 12, 2015 at Inverness Airport (KINF), Citrus County, Florida

Wreckage from Front.
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Damage to Fuselage.
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Tailwheel and Springs.
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Tailwheel and Springs.
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The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida 

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 
Location: Inverness, FL

Accident Number: ERA15LA214
Date & Time: 05/12/2015, 0740 EDT
Registration: N43715
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On May 12, 2015, at 0740 eastern daylight time, a Taylorcraft BC-12D, N43715, was substantially damaged while attempting to land at Inverness Airport (INF), Inverness, Florida. The private pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local, personal flight, which was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot performed a preflight inspection of the airplane before departing on the local flight with the intent of practicing touch-and-go landings. The first two practice landings were uneventful. The pilot landed the airplane in a "three point full stall" attitude during the third landing. During the landing roll, and just before the pilot intended to increase engine power to take off, he felt a vibration originating from the tailwheel that was increasing rapidly in intensity. The airplane then suddenly veered to the left. The pilot attempted to compensate by applying full rudder to the right, but the airplane continued left, departed the runway, and struck a taxiway sign. The airplane subsequently pitched forward and the nose struck the ground, resulting in substantial damage to the fuselage.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector examined the airplane following the accident and noted the tailwheel steering linkage was disconnected from the rudder arm. The right side tailwheel spring, which attached the right side of the tailwheel steering arm to the rudder remained attached to the tailwheel. The left side spring was not attached and was recovered by the pilot from the runway. The associated hardware used to attach the spring to the rudder arm were not recovered.

Review of the airplane's maintenance records revealed that the airplane's most recent annual inspection was completed on September 15, 2014. At that time the airframe had accrued 3,140 total hours of operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 72, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/10/1986
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 12/20/2013
Flight Time: 306 hours (Total, all aircraft), 45 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: TAYLORCRAFT
Registration: N43715
Model/Series: BC-12D
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1946
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 7374
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/15/2014, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3140 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental Motors
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: A65-8
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 65 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: KINF, 50 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time:1135 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 5°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.18 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 19°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Inverness, FL (INF)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Inverness, FL (INF)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 64 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 19
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5001 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Touch and Go; 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: 28.803611, -82.318333 (est)

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