Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Pietenpol Air Camper, N9863Z; accident occurred May 23, 2020 at Jack Barstow Airport (KIKW), Midland County, Michigan

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan

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


Location: Midland, MI
Accident Number: CEN20CA191
Date & Time: 05/23/2020, 1749 EDT
Registration: N9863Z
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot reported that the airplane "bounced twice" as he was attempting to land on the asphalt runway. He decided to execute a go-around and applied full engine power. However, the airplane "did not lift out of ground effect" and a wheel "caught the grass" causing a ground loop. The pilot noted that the accident might have been prevented by leveling off to allow the airspeed to increase before attempting to climb. He reported a variable wind at 10 knots with gusts to 15 knots. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and left wing.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 68, 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 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/23/2018
Occupational Pilot:No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/30/2018
Flight Time: 500 hours (Total, all aircraft), 152 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIETENPOL
Registration: N9863Z
Model/Series: AIRCAMPER
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2016
Amateur Built:Yes 
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: JW4352
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/31/2019, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 152 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental Motors
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: A-65
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: IKW, 635 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1755 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 360°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3800 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 6000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: 
Wind Direction: 120°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: 
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 15°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Midland, MI (IKW)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Midland, MI (IKW)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1702 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Jack Barstow (IKW)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 635 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 06
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3801 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Go Around

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: 43.663056, -84.261389 (est)

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