Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Loss of Control in Flight: Bellanca 7GCBC, N86614; accident occurred July 25, 2020 at Tri-State Steuben County Airport (KANQ), Angola, Indiana

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: Angola, IN
Accident Number: CEN20CA310
Date & Time: 07/25/2020, 2010 EDT
Registration: N86614
Aircraft: Champion 7GCBC
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot reported that while performing a low-level pass parallel to the runway in the airplane, he allowed himself to become distracted. The airplane started drifting to the right and he found himself, "fighting the controls not realizing I cross controlled the control surfaces." The pilot felt a sink develop and applied full power with right rudder, but the right wing "unloaded." The pilot attempted to recover; however, he reported the airplane was too low and slow, an aerodynamic stall occurred, and the airplane impacted a grass field. The airplane, which was not equipped with a stall warning system nor was it required to be, sustained substantial damage to the right wing and the fuselage. The pilot reported there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airframe and engine that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 57, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
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: 08/01/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/24/2018
Flight Time: (Estimated) 93 hours (Total, all aircraft), 15 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Champion
Registration: N86614
Model/Series: 7GCBC No Series
Aircraft Category:Airplane
Year of Manufacture:1974
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 644-74
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/12/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1650 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2022 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming Engines
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-A2B
Registered Owner: TSFC Inc.
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: KOEB, 959 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2355 UTC
Direction from Accident Site:5°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 20°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Angola, IN (ANQ)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Angola, IN (ANQ)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1945 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Tri-State Steuben County (ANQ)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt; Grass/turf
Airport Elevation:995 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 05
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4540 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 41.636667, -85.086111 (est)

ANGOLA — A small, single-engine aircraft crashed Saturday at about 7:30 p.m. on its approach to land at Tri-State Steuben County Municipal Airport.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating. The Indiana State Police and various other emergency personnel were on the scene Saturday night.

The plane, based at Tri-State Steuben County, was preparing to land when it “had an accident,” said Randy Strebig, president of the Steuben County Board of Aviation Commissioners. On board was the pilot and a passenger.

“We’re very appreciative of the help from emergency responders. Thankfully there was no fire or serious injuries. Both occupants are recovering at home,” Strebig said.


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