Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Loss of Control in Flight: Bellanca 17-30, N6681V; accident occurred June 07, 2020 at Talihina Municipal Airport (6F1), Le Flore County, Oklahoma

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Talihina, OK
Accident Number: CEN20CA226
Date & Time: 06/07/2020, 1335 CDT
Registration: N6681V
Aircraft: Bellanca 17 30
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

After an uneventful local flight in the single-engine airplane, the pilot entered the landing pattern at his destination airport and the windsock indicated an almost perpendicular crosswind of about 10 knots. On final approach, after clearing a tree line, the pilot reduced power to land. As power and airspeed were reduced, the airplane's rate of descent suddenly increased. The pilot attempted to slow the rate of descent, but the airplane impacted the runway hard and bounced. The airplane exited the runway and impacted a berm. The nose landing gear collapsed, resulting in substantial damage to the front lower part of the fuselage and firewall. The pilot stated that, due to the crosswind and the trees at the end and side of the runway, he should have adjusted his landing point further down the runway to avoid possible wind anomalies. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 63, Male
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: 03/05/2010
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/16/2019
Flight Time:  306 hours (Total, all aircraft), 41 hours (Total, this make and model), 208 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 11 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 9 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bellanca
Registration: N6681V
Model/Series: 17 30 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1967
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number:30019
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/10/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1774 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer:Continental
ELT: C126 installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: IO-520-D
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 300 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: RKR, 664 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1315 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 10°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 110°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.86 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 20°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Wichita Falls, TX (F14)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Talihina, TX (6F1)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1300 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Talihina Municipal Airport (6F1)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 687 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 19
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3300 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 34.707778, -95.073889

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