Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Great Lakes 2T-1A, N856L; accident occurred June 20, 2020 at Cambridge Municipal Airport (KCDI), Guernsey County, Ohio

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbus, Ohio

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Location: Cambridge, Ohio 
Accident Number: CEN20CA238
Date & Time: June 20, 2020, 10:44 Local
Registration: N856L
Aircraft: Great Lakes 2T 1A
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private 
Age: 51, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 
Last FAA Medical Exam: August 21, 2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 458 hours (Total, all aircraft), 99 hours (Total, this make and model), 358 hours (Pilot In
Command, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Great Lakes
Registration: N856L
Model/Series: 2T 1A Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1930
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 117
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Date/Type of Last Inspection: November 16, 2019 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1422 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-B1E
Registered Owner:
Rated Power: 180 Horsepower
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: CDI, 1798 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 14:15 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 19°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Cambridge, OH (CDI)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Cambridge, OH (CDI)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 08:50 Local
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Cambridge Municipal Airport CDI
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1798 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 22
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4298 ft / 75 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: Full stop; Traffic pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 39.974998,-81.577499(est)

No injuries were reported Saturday morning when a Great Lakes 2T-1A aircraft landing at Cambridge Municipal Airport traveled off the side of the runway after touching down and came to rest in a ditch.

The airplane was piloted by Troy Slack, 50, of New Concord, with one passenger, Lance Gross, 50, of Mesa, Colorado.

The State Highway Patrol reported the biplane was traveling at an unsafe speed when Slack attempted to taxi off the roadway causing him to lose control. A patrol trooper said Slack advised investigators he was traveling to fast for the right turn off the runway.

The plane reportedly spun around and traveled off the left side of the runway twice before coming to rest in the ditch with a creek. It sustained minor damage in the accident at approximately 9:50 a.m.

First responders from the Byesville Fire Department were dispatched to the scene along with highway patrol troopers. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were also notified along with Cambridge Airport Operations Manager Terry Losego.

The runway was closed while troopers investigated the accident and the plane, owned by Slack, was removed from the ditch.


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