Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Comp Air 7 SLX, N12ZT; accident occurred July 20, 2019 at Jefferson City Memorial Airport (KJEF), Callaway County, Missouri

View of damaged right-wing lift strut and empennage. 
 Federal Aviation Administration

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Kansas City, Missouri

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Jefferson City, MO
Accident Number: GAA19CA443
Date & Time: 07/20/2019, 1030 CDT
Registration: N12ZT
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that, during a touch and go landing, shortly after touchdown, the airplane veered left. He added power and the airplane pitched up, so "cut the power" and corrected with right aileron, but the airplane landed hard on the grass field next to the runway, struck runway lights and nosed over. The pilot added that the airplane was trimmed for landing.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right-wing lift strut and empennage.

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

The automated weather observation station located 14 nautical miles north of the accident airport reported that: about 30 minutes before the accident, the wind was 190° at 12 knots, and about 30 minutes after the accident, the wind was 220° at 11 knots The pilot reported that the wind was 030° at 10 to 15 knots, gusting up to 20 knots. The airplane touched down on runway 12.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 59, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
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 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/24/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/16/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 3031 hours (Total, all aircraft), 35 hours (Total, this make and model), 3031 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N12ZT
Model/Series: AEROCOMP 7
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1999
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 98-175
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 5
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/15/2018, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 5200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 310 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Walter
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 601-D
Registered Owner: Comp Air Wings Llc
Rated Power: 657 hp
Operator: Comp Air Wings Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCOU, 898 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1454 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 348°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 12 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 190°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / 23°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Jefferson City, MO (JEF)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Jefferson City, MO (JEF)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1000 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Jefferson City Memorial (JEF)
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 549 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 12
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6000 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Touch and Go

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: 38.591111, -92.156111 (est)

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