Sunday, January 12, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna L-19E Bird Dog, N4584N; accident occurred September 15, 2019 at Kennett Memorial Airport (KTKX), Dunklin County, Missouri

 View of damage to the left wing and aileron
 Federal Aviation Administration

 View of damage to the lower right fuselage 
Federal Aviation Administration

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; St. Louis, Missouri

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Kennett, MO

Accident Number: GAA19CA549
Date & Time: 09/15/2019, 1000 CDT
Registration: N4584N
Aircraft: Cessna L19
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, during post-flight maintenance he left the oil filler cap off. Subsequently, during takeoff, he realized that the oil filler cap was not installed. The pilot noticed a decrease in oil pressure and made a precautionary landing at a nearby airport. During landing, the airplane landed hard, bounced, and the landing gear collapsed. The airplane skidded off the right side of the runway, and ground looped to the right. The left wing struck the ground before the airplane stopped.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the propeller.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age:71, Male 
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/04/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/10/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1872.8 hours (Total, all aircraft), 46 hours (Total, this make and model), 14 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N4584N
Model/Series: L19 E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1944
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate:Normal 
Serial Number: 24565
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/05/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 6375.2 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-470-15
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 213
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: KTKX, 262 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1555 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 302°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 210°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 22°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: CARUTHERSVILLE, MO (M05)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: CARUTHERSVILLE, MO (M05)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0945 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Kennett Memorial (TKX)
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 261 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 20
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5000 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Precautionary Landing; 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: 36.225833, -90.036667 (est)

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