Saturday, March 07, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Pietenpol Air Camper, N14961; accident occurred September 05, 2019 at Thomas Memorial Airport (76V), Glendo, Platte County, Wyoming

View of damaged forward, left lift strut.

View of damaged forward, right lift strut.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado 

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Location: Glendo, WY
Accident Number: GAA19CA526
Date & Time: 09/05/2019, 0900 MDT
Registration: N14961
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 the landing roll, he applied "too much brake" and the airplane nosed over and impacted terrain.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the both forward right and left lift struts.

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: 60, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/02/2019
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 839 hours (Total, all aircraft), 46 hours (Total, this make and model), 737 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Pietenpol
Registration: N14961
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:1975 
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: P101SE
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/09/2019, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 468.6 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: General Motors
ELT: C91 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: Corvair 140HP
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 110 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: KDGW, 4936 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 23 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1553 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 316°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts:  Light and Variable /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 340°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Casper, WY (CPR)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Glendo, WY (76V)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0730 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Thomas Memorial (76V)
Runway Surface Type: Dirt
Airport Elevation: 4666 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 34
IFR Approach:None 
Runway Length/Width: 4397 ft / 70 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

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: 42.520000, -105.020000 (est)

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