Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Aero Commander 112, N1013J; accident occurred July 20, 2020 at David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport (KDWH), Harris County, Texas

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

A Dornier Enterprise LLC

Location: Tomball, Texas
Accident Number: CEN20CA299
Date & Time: July 21, 2020, 21:53 Local
Registration: N1013J
Aircraft: Rockwell 112
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Business


The pilot reported that, while attempting to land on runway 17R, the airplane encountered a crosswind and began “crabbing to the right.” He applied full power to go around, and the airplane lifted off, but it was then “pushed,” and right main landing gear (MLG) impacted a sign. The left wing then hit the runway, followed by the left MLG and nosewheel. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wing spars and the left aileron. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. The recorded wind at the time of the accident was from 080° at 9 knots. The pilot estimated that the wind gusted to 22 knots; there were no wind gusts recorded around the time of the accident.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot did not maintain control of the airplane during the landing and subsequent go around.


Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Environmental issues Crosswind - Effect on operation
Aircraft (general) - Not attained/maintained

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Takeoff-rejected takeoff Collision during takeoff/land

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 37,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Single-engine sea; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No Last Flight Review or Equivalent: June 11, 2020
Flight Time: 199 hours (Total, all aircraft), 28 hours (Total, this make and model), 24 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 20 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Rockwell 
Registration: N1013J
Model/Series: 112 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1972 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 13
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle 
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: April 28, 2020 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2551 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 21.5 Hrs 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1834.59 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: IO=360-C1D6
Registered Owner:
Rated Power: 200 Horsepower
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: DWH,152 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 02:53 Local 
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 9000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 80° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 24°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Brownsville, TX (BRO) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Tomball, TX (DWH)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 19:05 Local
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: David Wayne Hooks Memorial DWH 
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 152 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 17R
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 7009 ft / 100 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: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 30.0635,-95.5532


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