Saturday, December 05, 2020

Fuel Exhaustion: Pitts S-1C, N113A; Accident occurred December 19, 2019 in Hickory Valley, Hardeman County, Tennessee

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Memphis, Tennessee

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Hickory Valley, Tennessee
Accident Number: ERA20CA090
Date & Time: December 19, 2019, 16:35 Local
Registration: N113A
Aircraft: Pitts S-1C
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline transport; Commercial; Private
Age: 73, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 5-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: September 10, 2018
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: October 13, 2018
Flight Time: (Estimated) 2090 hours (Total, all aircraft), 351 hours (Total, this make and model), 1974 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 5.4 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Pitts
Registration: N113A
Model/Series: S-1C Undesignated 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1967
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental (Special)
Serial Number: 1
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: September 19, 2019 Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1250 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1660 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Not installed 
Engine Model/Series: O-360
Registered Owner:
Rated Power: 180 Horsepower
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KM08,499 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 18:35 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 57°
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 
Temperature/Dew Point:
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Bolivar, TN (M08)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Bolivar, TN (M08)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 15:05 Local
Type of Airspace: Class G
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced landing

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 35.181667,-89.103889

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