Saturday, January 25, 2020

Boeing B75N1, N14GC: Accident occurred January 22, 2020 at Nut Tree Airport (KVCB), Vacaville, Solano County, California

Airplane Came to rest Upside down. 

Damage to Lower Wing. 

Damage to Lower Wing Wingtip. 

Damage to Rudder. 

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Vacaville, CA

Accident Number: WPR20CA073
Date & Time: 01/22/2020, 1410 PST
Registration: N14GC
Aircraft: Stearman B75N1
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The private pilot reported that the purpose of the flight was to practice stop-and-go landings. The airplane took off and made a standard traffic pattern to land. The airplane touched down on the numbers with both main wheels. When the tailwheel touched down, the pilot felt a gust of wind from the east which tipped the left wing down. He attempted to correct with right aileron, but when the wings became level the right wheel exited the runway surface and sunk into the mud. The airplane nosed over substantially damaging the rudder.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 32, 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: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/19/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:12/26/2019 
Flight Time:  214 hours (Total, all aircraft), 39 hours (Total, this make and model), 112 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 11 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Stearman
Registration: N14GC
Model/Series: B75N1
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1942
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Aerobatic
Serial Number: 75-6503
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/08/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2950 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 14 Hours
Engines:  Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: R-680
Registered Owner: Jr Stearman LLC
Rated Power: 225 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: VCB, 117 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2153 PST
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 40°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.25 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 8°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Vacaville, CA (VCB)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Vacaville, CA (VCB)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1408 PST
Type of Airspace: Air Traffic Control

Airport Information

Airport: Nut Tree Airport (VCB)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 117 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 02
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4700 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 38.373611, -121.956667 (est)

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