Monday, October 12, 2020

Nose Over: American Champion 8GCBC Scout, N632K; accident occurred October 12, 2019 near Henry's Lake Airport (U53), Island Park, Fremont County, Idaho


Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Henrys Lake, ID
Accident Number: GAA20CA011
Date & Time: 10/12/2019, 1418 MDT
Registration: N632K
Aircraft: Champion 8GCBC
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that, during landing on an off-airport field, he conducted a three-point attitude, soft-field landing. The landing surface was softer than originally expected, so he attempted to recover by adding power. Subsequently, the airplane nosed over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and empennage. 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 decision to land on unsuitable terrain, which resulted in a nose-over.


Personnel issues
Decision making/judgment - Pilot (Cause)

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

Factual Information

History of Flight

Nose over/nose down (Defining event) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 20, 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 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/12/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/20/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 264.8 hours (Total, all aircraft), 264.8 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 16 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4.3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Champion
Registration: N632K
Model/Series: 8GCBC No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:2001 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 433-2001
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/01/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 852.1 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-360-C1G
Registered Owner: Ralph R Pocock Farms Inc
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: Ralph R Pocock Farms Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KWYS, 6649 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2010 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 87°
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: 30.1 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 3°C / -8°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Rexburg, ID (RXE)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Rexburg, ID (RXE)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1315 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

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: 44.673611, -111.424444 (est)

1 comment:

  1. How embarrassing. At least the intrepid aviator can still say he walked away from every landing he made. (Just leave out the part about the airplane still being flyable).