Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Nose Over: Cessna 140, N90023; accident occurred May 26, 2020 at Appleton International Airport (KATW), Outagamie County, Wisconsin

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Appleton, WI
Accident Number: CEN20CA194
Date & Time: 05/26/2020, 1020 CDT
Registration: N90023
Aircraft: Cessna 140
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot planned to land the tailwheel-equipped airplane on runway 21. He reported that there were some gusty winds, but a normal day. After touchdown, the tail of the airplane rose and continued until the airplane nosed over. The airplane came to rest inverted on the runway. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the top of the vertical stabilizer, rudder, and wing strut.

After the airplane was righted, the airplane was towed back to its hangar without issue. The pilot reported the airplane had no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 45
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied:Left 
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: 11/11/2019
Occupational Pilot:No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/25/2018
Flight Time:  228.4 hours (Total, all aircraft), 53.4 hours (Total, this make and model), 9 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N90023
Model/Series: 140 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:1946 
Amateur Built:No 
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 9081
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/04/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1451 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-235 SERIES
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power:
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: KATW
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time:1045 CDT 
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 5000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 12 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 160°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: 
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 13°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Precipitation
Departure Point: Appleton, WI (ATW)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Shiocton, WI (W34)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 0930 CDT
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: Appleton International (ATW)
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 918 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used:21 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 8002 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing:  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: 44.256389, -88.520000 

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