Saturday, January 25, 2020

Nose Over: Piper PA-18 Super Cub-Replica, N944KM; accident occurred January 22, 2020 in Jean, Clark County, Nevada

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas, Nevada

Location: Jean, NV
Accident Number: WPR20CA074
Date & Time: 01/22/2020, 1030 PST
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that during the uneventful landing roll on the dry lakebed, he inadvertently applied the brakes, and the airplane nosed over.

The right wing and rudder were substantially damaged.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 75, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Single
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 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/10/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/19/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 3051 hours (Total, all aircraft), 48 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N944KM
Model/Series: PA-18 REPLICA No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2019
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental; Normal
Serial Number: JA1705106
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/31/2019, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 40 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 43 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-360-EXO
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power:210 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: KVGT, 2203 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0953 PDT
Direction from Accident Site: 182°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Las Vegas, NV (VGT)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Jean, NV
Type of Clearance:None 
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace: Class G 

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: 36.350000, -115.190000 (est)

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