Sunday, March 08, 2020

Nose Over: Piper J3C-65, N7326H; accident occurred September 04, 2019 at Bird Nest Airport (AL54), Winfield, Fayette County, Alabama

View of right wing lift strut damage. 
Federal Aviation Administration

View of rudder damage.
Federal Aviation Administration

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Birmingham, Alabama 

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Winfield, AL
Accident Number: GAA19CA539
Date & Time: 09/04/2019, 1130 EDT
Registration: N7326H
Aircraft: Piper J3C
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, while taxiing for takeoff, a tailwind gust lifted the tail and the airplane nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing, right wing lift strut, and the rudder.

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, about the time of the accident, the wind was light and variable, gusting to 15 knots. The pilot was back taxiing to the south. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial; Private
Age: 66, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
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: 09/24/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/18/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1110 hours (Total, all aircraft), 57 hours (Total, this make and model), 1014 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 51 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N7326H
Model/Series: J3C 65
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1946
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 20588
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/04/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1220 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1687.8 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: A-65-8
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 65 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: KJFX, 483 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 27 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1635 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 85°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts:
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 34°C / 21°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Winfield, AL (AL54)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1130 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Bird Nest (AL54)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 420 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 35
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2200 ft / 80 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

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:  33.863333, -87.845278 (est)

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