Saturday, February 08, 2020

Nose Over: Aviat A-1C-200, N382US; accident occurred January 27, 2017 in Jiggs, Elko County, Nevada

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

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration;  Salt Lake City, Utah

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Jiggs, NV
Accident Number: WPR17LA062
Date & Time: 01/27/2017, 1645 PST
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 27, 2017, about 1645 Pacific standard time, an Aviat Aircraft Inc. A-1C, N382US, was substantially damaged when it nosed over in the snow during a precautionary landing at an airstrip near Jiggs, Nevada. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to Canyon State Aviation LLC., and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed for the local flight which originated from Elko Regional Airport (EKO), Elko, Nevada, around 1630.

The pilot stated that the purpose of the flight was to overfly the vicinity of his ranch and look for horse tracks. About 10 minutes after departure, with the airplane at an altitude of about 1,000 ft above ground level (agl), the engine began to run rough and the rpm surged several times. The cockpit gauges and engine monitoring device all indicated normal ranges, with no anomalies. The pilot opted to make a precautionary landing and observed he was about 2 miles from the snow-covered dirt airstrip on Corta Ranch, which his family owns and where he frequently lands during the summer months. The pilot reported that after reducing power to land, he did not recall the engine experiencing further roughness or surging. He touched down about five minutes later and during the landing roll, the airplane nosed over in the snow coming to rest inverted. He estimated the snow was between 24 to 30 inches deep. The airplane incurred substantial damage to the struts and wings as a result of the impact.

A Federal Aviation Administration inspector spoke with maintenance personnel at Aviat that examined the engine after the accident. The mechanic stated that he ran the engine and no anomalies could be found. The engine operated normally through various power settings without incident. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 68, 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: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/09/2015
Occupational Pilot:No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/20/2016
Flight Time:  7165 hours (Total, all aircraft), 850 hours (Total, this make and model), 6886 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 25 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Model/Series: A-1C-200 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2010
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 3082
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 12/01/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2250 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-A1D6
Rated Power: 200 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: KEKO, 5074 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1656 PST
Direction from Accident Site: 312°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 70°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.68 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: -8°C / -12°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: ELKO, NV (EKO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: ELKO, NV (EKO)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1630 PST
Type of Airspace:

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: 40.705278, -115.610278 (est)

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