Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, N68EE: Accident occurred June 04, 2020 at Wexford County Airport (KCAD), Cadillac, 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: Cadillac, MI
Accident Number: CEN20CA213
Date & Time: 06/04/2020, 1820 EDT
Registration: N68EE
Aircraft: Piper PA18
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Miscellaneous/other
Injuries:1 Minor 
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that he was attempting to takeoff in the float equipped airplane from a trailer pulled down the runway by a truck. He reported that there was a direct crosswind from the right at 7 knots. As the truck speed increased, the airplane shifted on the trailer and the left float came up against a vertical post that was to block the float from contacting the tire. As the airplane attempted to depart the trailer, the float chine caught on the trailer and turned the airplane toward the ground. The left wing struck the ground first, followed by the floats, propeller, and right wing.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical problems with the airplane. He recommended an improved trailer design to prevent this type of accident.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 49, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Front
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: 10/02/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 1050 hours (Total, all aircraft), 900 hours (Total, this make and model), 1000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N68EE
Model/Series: PA18 150
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1975
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18-7509087
Landing Gear Type: Float;
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/15/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1750 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 1 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3415 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer:Lycoming 
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series:O-320-B2B 
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 160 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: CAD, 1306 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2215 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 10 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 330°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.76 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 7°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Cadillac, MI (CAD)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Pierson, MI (PVT)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1845 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Wexford County (CAD)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1306 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 25
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5000 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 44.275278, -85.418889

WEXFORD COUNTY, Michigan, (WPBN/WGTU) -- The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after a plane crash at the Wexford County Airport.

Investigators were called to the airport around 7 p.m. Thursday for the report of an airplane accident with unknown injuries.

Once officers arrived on the scene, they found a damaged Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub south of the runway in the grass.

According to investigators, the pilot, a 49-year-old Pierson, Michigan man, was able to leave the plane on his own and was in the hanger when they arrived.

Reports said the plane began to lift when it is believed that it drifted into one of the trailer tires causing it to lose control and crash on the grass.

The pilot was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.


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