Saturday, December 21, 2019

Nose Over: American Legend AL3C-100 Cub, N173JE; accident occurred August 24, 2019 at Wildcat Canyon (3T8), China Spring, McLennan County, Texas

View of damage to the left wing lift strut and the rudder. 
Federal Aviation Administration 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Location: Waco, TX
Accident Number: GAA19CA510
Date & Time: 08/24/2019, 1200 CDT
Registration: N173JE
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The flight instructor in the back seat of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, the student pilot in the front seat had touched down on his fourth landing of the training flight. During the landing roll, the student over-controlled the rudder and the airplane veered left, and then overcorrected to the right. The instructor came onto the flight controls and applied left rudder and left brake to control the airplane back to the left. However, the airplane exited the right side of the runway and sank into the soft dirt and nosed over.

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

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

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 43, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/16/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/28/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1059 hours (Total, all aircraft), 684 hours (Total, this make and model), 990 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 199 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 74 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 16, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: None
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 9 hours (Total, all aircraft), 9 hours (Total, this make and model), 9 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N173JE
Model/Series: AL3C 100
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate:
Serial Number: AL-1025
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/28/2019, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 617 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-200
Registered Owner: Hammons, Matthew
Rated Power: 100 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Does Business As: Waco Flight Training
Operator Designator Code: 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KACT, 508 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1651 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 117°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3200 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: 
Wind Direction: 200°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / 23°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Waco, TX (3T8)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Waco, TX (3T8)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1155 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Wildcat Canyon (3T8)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 660 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry; Rough; Vegetation
Runway Used: 15
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2450 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 31.404167, -97.214444 (est)