Thursday, October 08, 2020

American Champion 7ECA, N790L: Accident occurred October 07, 2020 at East Texas Regional Airport (KGGG), Longview, Gregg County, Texas

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

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

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

Location: Longview, TX
Accident Number: CEN21LA033
Date & Time: October 7, 2020, 15:50 Local
Registration: N790L
Aircraft: American Champion 
Aircraft 7ECA Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:

On October 7, 2020, about 1550 central daylight time, an American Champion Aircraft model 7ECA, N790L, was substantially damaged when it was involved in a landing accident at the East Texas Regional Airport (GGG), Longview, Texas. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 flight.

According to the pilot, the maintenance flight was to perform an engine break-in on a newly installed overhauled engine. He reported that the 2-hour flight was uneventful until landing. During the landing roll the pilot attempted to use right rudder but the rudder pedal “fell forward” which prevented any effective right rudder or right brake control. The airplane continued to turn to the left, exited the paved runway, and continued into a ditch and collided with a runway sign.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: American Champion
Aircraft Registration: N790L
Model/Series: 7ECA
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot school (141)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: GGG,366 ft msl
Observation Time: 14:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C /12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Longview, TX 

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: 32.384,-94.7115

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