Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Landing Gear Collapse: Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, N4910P; accident occurred March 20, 2020 in Canyon, Randall County, Texas

View of damage to the left wing lift struts

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas

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: Canyon, TX
Accident Number: CEN20CA129
Date & Time: 03/20/2020, 1758 CDT
Registration: N4910P
Aircraft:Piper PA18 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear collapse
Injuries:1 None 
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

According to the pilot, he performed an off-airport landing to a wheat field. During the landing roll, the left main landing gear encountered a ditch about midfield. The left main landing gear collapsed, and the left wing struck the ground. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing lift strut. The pilot reported that, "Further care should have been conducted in evaluating the LZ (Landing Zone)."

The pilot reported that about the time of the accident, the wind was from the north at 10 knots and he that he landed the airplane into the wind.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 43, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
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: 10/14/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/04/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 875 hours (Total, all aircraft), 642 hours (Total, this make and model), 800 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 31 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 0.3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N4910P
Model/Series: PA18 150
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1962
Amateur Built:No 
Airworthiness Certificate:Normal 
Serial Number: 18-7832
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/19/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1750 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 6022 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-A2B
Registered Owner:On file 
Rated Power: 160 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: KAMA, 3604 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2353 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 35°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3600 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 110°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.34 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 7°C / -2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Canyon, TX
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Canyon, TX
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1746 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

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: 35.040000, -101.918889 (est)

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