Saturday, July 25, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Stinson 108 Voyager, N97634; accident occurred October 18, 2016 at Austin Executive Airport (KEDC), Texas

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Austin, TX
Accident Number: CEN17LA023
Date & Time: 10/18/2016, 1020 CDT
Registration: N97634
Aircraft: STINSON 108
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 18, 2016, about 1020 central daylight time, a Stinson 108 airplane, N97634, was involved in an accident at Austin Executive Airport (EDC), Austin, Texas. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The private pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. The airplane was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, and no flight plan was filed.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector who responded to the accident reported that the pilot was flying the airplane from Zuehl Airport, near Marion, Texas, to EDC. The wind was initially recorded at 170° at 15 kts, with gusts to 17 kts; however, wind gusts increased to 21 kts. The pilot reported to the FAA inspector that he experienced difficulty controlling the airplane on the first attempted landing and he conducted a go around. The pilot stated that during the second approach, the wind sheared at altitude and caused control problems. When the airplane touched down the pilot applied the left brake and pulled completely aft on the flight control yoke. The airplane rolled left and the left wing struck the runway and the airplane nosed over. An outboard section of the left wing and aileron were bent.

The pilot was sent a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) accident report form to complete twice and the NTSB has not received a completed report as of the date this report was published. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 35, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Unknown
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 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/25/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 140 hours (Total, all aircraft), 80 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: STINSON
Registration: N97634
Model/Series: 108 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1946
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number:108-634 
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: FRANKLIN
Engine Model/Series: 6A4150 SERIES
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 150 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: KEDC, 617 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1015 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 192°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 1900 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 14 knots / 18 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction:200° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 45°C / 43°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Marion, TX (1TE4)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Austin, TX (EDC)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 620 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: 16
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 1550 ft / 25 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire:None 
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 30.397500, -97.566389 (est)

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