Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Piper PA-18-150, N82253; accident occurred July 27, 2019 at Tok Junction Airport (PFTO), Alaska

View of damaged right wing. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fairbanks, Alaska

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


Location: Tok, AK
Accident Number: GAA19CA500
Date & Time: 07/27/2019, 1440 AKD
Registration: N82253
Aircraft: Piper PA18
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the tundra tire and tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during landing in a gusting crosswind, the airplane veered to the right. He applied left rudder and the airplane veered to the left and exited the runway. During the runway excursion in the gravel next to the runway, the right main landing gear collapsed, and the right wing impacted the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

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

The pilot reported that the wind was from 180° at 5 knots, gusting to 7 knots. The pilot landed the airplane on runway 07.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 57, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Front
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 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/25/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/30/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1860 hours (Total, all aircraft), 13 hours (Total, this make and model), 1690 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 38 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 26 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N82253
Model/Series: PA18 150
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1979
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 18-7909082
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/10/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1750 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 642 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-A2B
Registered Owner: Dirt Strip Dirtbags LLC
Rated Power: 150 hp
Operator: Dirt Strip Dirtbags LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time:
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  12 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR): 
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots / 7 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 180°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Fairbanks, AK (FAI)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Tok, AK (6K8)
Type of Clearance: VFR; VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1150 AKD
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: TOK JUNCTION (6K8)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1642 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 07
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2509 ft / 50 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 63.329444, -142.951944 (est)

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