Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Loss of Control in Flight: Aviat A-1A Husky, N462; accident occurred February 22, 2020 at Columbia Airport (O22), Tuolumne County, California

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Columbia, CA
Accident Number: WPR20CA093
Date & Time: 02/22/2020, 1346 PST
Registration: N462
Aircraft: Aviat A1
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The private pilot reported that he had been practicing crosswind landings on the grass runway in the tailwheel equipped airplane. On the second landing approach, as the airplane crossed over the runway threshold, the airplane encountered a gust of wind and rolled to the right. The pilot applied full engine power in an attempt to perform a go-around, but the airplane continued to roll right. The right wing struck the ground, and the airplane cartwheeled into an adjacent wooded area.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and the forward fuselage.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 78, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed None
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/13/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/26/2019
Flight Time:  3565 hours (Total, all aircraft), 72.9 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Aviat
Registration: N462
Model/Series: A1 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1999
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 1446
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/29/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1890 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 41 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1103 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-360-A1D
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 180 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: O22, 2121 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2135 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 8500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots / 12 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 220°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: San Andreas, CA (CPU)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Columbia, CA (O22)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1445 PST
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Columbia (O22)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 2120 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 29
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2607 ft / 50 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Go Around; Touch and Go 

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: 38.030556, -120.414444 (est)

A pilot crash-landed a single-engine Aviat Husky A-1A airplane at Columbia Airport on Saturday afternoon, when winds were gusting to 15 miles per hour, and the plane came to rest nose down, tail up about 100 feet from a Cal Fire tanker plane that’s been on display next to the runway for at least 15 years.

The pilot was the only person in the plane and was not seriously injured, Ian Gregor, a communications manager with the Federal Aviation Administration Pacific Division, said Monday.

The aircraft tail number for the plane that crash-landed is N462. FAA records identify the registered owner as William D. Johns of Lodi. The Sheriff's Office confirmed he was the pilot and suffered moderate injuries, requiring transport to a hospital.

The FAA is expected to do a review of the non-fatal plane crash, Benedict Stuth, the Columbia Airport manager, said Monday in a phone interview.

The crash occurred around 1:50 p.m. Saturday, Gregor said. The Tuolumne County Fire Department put out a three-sentence statement about the incident on Saturday. Columbia Fire, Cal Fire, and Couty Fire responded to the crash scene.

It was windy Saturday, Stuth said. Sustained winds 7 to 9 mph were coming out of the southwest and gusting 14 to 15 mph between 1:15 p.m. and 1:35 p.m. Saturday at Columbia Airport, said Cory Mueller, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento.

The Aviat Husky A-1A was manufactured in 1999 and it had a certificate issued in October 2019, according to FAA registry records.

It was the second plane crash in less than three weeks at Columbia Airport. On Feb. 5  a single-engine Cessna 140A manufactured in 1949 crashed and the two people in the plane, pilot Robert A. Clough, 73, and passenger Robert Parriott, 71, both of Sonora, suffered fatal injuries in the crash. A preliminary report on that crash was not listed Monday on a National Transportation Safety Board web page devoted to February 2020 Aviation Accidents. The fact it was not listed indicates the report had not been completed, Allen Kenitzer with the FAA said Monday.

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