Monday, January 27, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Vans RV-8, N130JK; accident occurred January 24, 2020 at Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport (KFHB), Nassau County, Florida

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Fernandina Beach, FL 
Accident Number: ERA20CA087
Date & Time: 01/24/2020, 1415 EST
Registration: N130JK
Aircraft: Vans VANS RV 8
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The commercial pilot had recently purchased the tailwheel-equipped accident airplane and was receiving flight instruction in it toward a tailwheel endorsement, and had previously completed two successful landings. During the third landing, in a 12 to 14-knot right crosswind, and just as the tailwheel was about to settle onto the runway, the airplane began to veer to the right side of the runway. The pilot attempted to compensate by applying full left rudder, as did the flight instructor, but the airplane continued off the right side of the runway and into the grass. Before coming to rest the left main landing gear collapsed and the left wing struck the ground, substantially damaging it. Following the accident both the pilot and the flight instructor reported that there were now preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures of the airplane that would have precluded normal operation, nor was any found during a postaccident examination of the airplane conducted by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial; Private
Age: 64, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/12/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/07/2019
Flight Time:  2583.2 hours (Total, all aircraft), 8.6 hours (Total, this make and model)

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial; Private
Age: 58, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/22/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 11300 hours (Total, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Vans
Registration: N130JK
Model/Series: VANS RV 8 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2001
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 81258
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Unknown
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power:
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: FHB, 15 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1335 EST
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 10000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 12000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 12 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:150° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 17°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Fernandina Beach, FL (FHB)
Type of Flight Plan Filed:None 
Destination: Fernandina Beach, FL (FHB)
Type of Clearance:Unknown 
Departure Time: 1200 EST
Type of Airspace: Unknown

Airport Information

Airport: Fernandina Beach Muni (FHB)
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 15 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used:09 
IFR Approach:None 
Runway Length/Width: 5000 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Touch and Go

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: 30.611944, -81.461111 (est)

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