Saturday, January 11, 2020

Piper PA-18, N8589D: Accident occurred November 16, 2019 at Livermore Municipal Airport (KLVK), California

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oakland, California
Piper Aircraft Company; Wichita, Kansas

Location: Livermore, CA
Accident Number: WPR20LA026
Date & Time: 11/16/2019, 1510 PST
Registration: N8589D
Aircraft: Piper PA 18
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Banner Tow 

On November 16, 2019, about 1510 Pacific standard time, a Piper PA-18 airplane, N8589D, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing near Livermore Municipal Airport (LVK), Livermore, California. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to TeamBuilders, Inc., and operated by Aerial Advertising Services as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 banner towing flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight which originated from LVK shortly before the accident.

The pilot reported that he completed the preflight of the airplane including the movement and stability of the flight controls and set up a banner for pickup on the approach end of runway 7. The pilot departed runway 7 and remained in the left traffic pattern to return for the banner pickup. The tower controller then cleared the pilot for the banner pickup. The pilot was approaching the runway and made successful contact with the banner. As the pilot pulled the control stick back to gain altitude, the control stick separated from the stick stub assembly at the floor. The airplane continued in its descent and impacted the ground shortly thereafter. The airplane came to rest in a grass field about 150 ft after first impacting the ground.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration Inspector revealed that the control stick was not fully engaged to the stick stub assembly. The hardware that secures the control stick to the stick stub assembly was secured on the control stick but was not attached through the mounting holes on the stick stub assembly. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N8589D
Model/Series: PA 18 150
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Aerial Advertising Services
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Certificate of Authorization or Waiver (COA)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLVK, 393 ft msl
Observation Time: 1450 PST
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / 11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Livermore, CA (LVK)
Destination: Livermore, CA (LVK)

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: 37.696111, -121.819722 (est)

1 comment:

  1. Lucky man to survive uncontrolled flight like that.