Thursday, August 20, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: American Champion 8GCBC Scout, N133PJ; accident occurred August 19, 2020 at Three Rivers Municipal Dr. Haines Airport (KHAI), St. Joseph County, Michigan

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Three Rivers, MI
Accident Number:CEN20CA358
Date & Time: 08/19/2020, 2200 EDT
Registration: N133PJ
Aircraft: Champion 8GCBC
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot stated that he was in a hurry after landing and exited the runway early (before the taxiway). He said he was not paying attention and the airplane hit a taxiway sign and flipped over. The vertical stabilizer and rudder were substantially damaged when the tail impacted the ground. The pilot indicated that there were no mechanical malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 54, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s):None
Toxicology Performed:No
Medical Certification: Class 3 None
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/30/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 867 hours (Total, all aircraft), 47 hours (Total, this make and model), 829 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Champion
Registration: N133PJ
Model/Series: 8GCBC No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2006
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 486-2006
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Date/Type of Last Inspection: Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:2150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-360
Registered Owner: AICO
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: AICO
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: HAI
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0815 EDT
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Mendon, MI
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Three Rivers, MI (HAI)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: Three Rivers Muni Dr Haines (HAI)
Runway Surface Type:
Airport Elevation: 822 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Unknown

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: 41.958889, -85.592222 (est)

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