Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: American Champion 7GCBC, N72EB; accident occurred July 14, 2020 at Houston Southwest Airport (KAXH), Fort Bend County, Texas

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Houston, TX
Accident Number: CEN20CA281
Date & Time: 07/14/2020, 1130 CDT
Registration: N72EB
Aircraft: Champion 7GCBC
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

The flight instructor stated that the student pilot made a stable approach to the runway during an orientation flight. During ground rollout, the airplane veered to the left and the flight instructor stated "I have the controls" on two different occasions. The student pilot did not understand the flight instructor, which resulted in the two pilots "fighting" over the flight controls. The airplane subsequently exited the runway and struck a ditch, damaging the right wing. The flight instructor stated there were no mechanical issues with the airplane.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 80, Female
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/15/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/31/2020
Flight Time: 25624 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3127 hours (Total, this make and model), 24800 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 125 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 28 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 62, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
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: None
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 1 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Champion
Registration: N72EB
Model/Series: 7GCBC No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1995
Amateur Built:No
Airworthiness Certificate: Aerobatic; Normal
Serial Number: 1211-95
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/26/2020, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1800 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5468 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O320-B2B
Registered Owner: 72Eb Llc
Rated Power:160 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Does Business As: Texas Taildraggers
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KAXH, 69 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1135 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 180°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3100 ft agl
Visibility: 7 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 220°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 24°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Houston, TX (AXH)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Houston, TX (AXH)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1100 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Houston-Southwest (AXH)
Runway Surface Type:Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 68 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 27
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5002 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 29.506111, -95.476944 (est)

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