Sunday, October 18, 2020

Landing Gear Collapse: Van's RV-9A, N192DP; accident occurred October 04, 2019 at Skylark Field Airport (CA89), Lake Elsinore, Riverside County, California


Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Lake Elsinore, CA
Accident Number: GAA20CA003
Date & Time: 10/04/2019, 1200 PDT
Registration: N192DP
Aircraft: Vans RV9
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear collapse
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that, after landing on a dirt runway and while taxiing down the runway to the parking area, the nose landing gear encountered soft terrain and collapsed, and the airplane nosed over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and rudder. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's selection of unsuitable terrain for taxi, which resulted in the landing gear collapsing and a nose-over.


Personnel issues
Decision making/judgment - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Soft surface - Effect on equipment (Cause)
Soft surface - Decision related to condition (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing gear collapse (Defining event)
Nose over/nose down

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 25, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
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: 05/28/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 56 hours (Total, all aircraft), 7.2 hours (Total, this make and model), 20 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 24.7 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 15.4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 8.8 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Vans
Registration: N192DP
Model/Series: RV9 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:2004 
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 90411
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/28/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1800 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 512.9 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-D25
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 160 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: KRIV, 1536 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1858 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 9°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 350°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 5°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Mesquite, NV (67L)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Lake Elsinore, CA (CA89)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Skylark Field (CA89)
Runway Surface Type: Dirt
Airport Elevation: 1253 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Rough; Soft
Runway Used: 11L
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2800 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 33.630000, -117.301667 (est)

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