Friday, June 26, 2020

Abnormal Runway Contact: Hatz CB-1, N35JA; accident occurred June 25, 2020 at Red Wing Regional Airport (KRGK), Pierce County, Wisconsin

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Red Wing, Minnesota
Accident Number: CEN20CA250
Date & Time: June 25, 2020, 15:00 Local
Registration: N35JA
Aircraft: Hatz HATZ CB 1
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The commercial pilot was practicing landings with light wind present in his tailwheel airplane on an occasionally used grass area south of the paved runway. The pilot made one successful landing on the grass. During the next landing, the airplane bounced, which resulted in a nose up attitude. The pilot does not recall if he added engine power to remedy the bounced landing. However, the pilot did not perform a go-around as recommended by the Federal Aviation Administration Airplane Flying Handbook. The airplane stalled and impacted terrain in a nose low attitude. The propeller "dug in" the terrain and the airplane nosed over. The airplane subsequently sustained substantial empennage damage. The pilot indicated that there were no mechanical malfunctions with the airplane.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to perform a go around following a bounced landing that resulted in an aerodynamic stall.


Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing Abnormal runway contact (Defining event)
Landing Aerodynamic stall/spin

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial 
Age: 71, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Single-engine sea; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed
Last FAA Medical Exam: October 3, 2019
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: July 26, 2018
Flight Time: 1804 hours (Total, all aircraft), 12.5 hours (Total, this make and model), 1602 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 5.3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 2.5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0.5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Hatz Registration: N35JA
Model/Series: HATZ CB 1 No Series 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1979
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental (Special) 
Serial Number: 20
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: March 20, 2020 Condition 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1750 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 485 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-A3B
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 150 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: KRGK,780 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 15:35 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 180°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 7000 ft AGL
Visibility 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 250° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 29.88 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 10°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Red Wing, MN (RGK)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Red Wing, MN (RGK)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 14:30 Local
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 777 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 27 IFR 
Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5010 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full stop

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: 44.589443,-92.485(est)

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