Sunday, December 27, 2020

Loss of Control in Flight: CubCrafters CC11-100 Sport Cub S2, N718CC; accident occurred November 02, 2019 at Reigle Field Airport (58N), Palmyra, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Hilltop Aviation LLC

Location: Palmyra, Pennsylvania
Accident Number: GAA20CA057
Date & Time: November 2, 2019, 12:45 Local
Registration: N718CC
Aircraft: Cub Crafters CC11 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that, while on final approach, the airplane was a little high, so he extended a notch of flaps. The airplane touched down slightly faster than normal and then bounced. The pilot added power to maintain level flight, but a "strong and unexpected crosswind gust" pushed the airplane right of the runway. The pilot immediately initiated a go-around, but the airplane was headed toward a row of trees at the end of the runway. The pilot banked slightly to try and avoid the trees, but the right wing struck a tree, and the airplane descended and impacted terrain. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and fuselage. 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 improper landing flare, which resulted in a bounced landing, and his subsequent failure to maintain lateral control during a go-around, which resulted in impact with a tree.


Aircraft Landing flare - Not attained/maintained
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Aircraft Lateral/bank control - Not attained/maintained
Environmental issues Tree(s) - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-flare/touchdown Abnormal runway contact
Approach-VFR go-around Loss of control in flight (Defining event)
Landing-aborted after touchdown Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 54, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
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: May 1, 2018
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated) 473 hours (Total, all aircraft), 158 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cub Crafters 
Registration: N718CC
Model/Series: CC11 100 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2007 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental (Special) 
Serial Number: CC11-00058
Landing Gear Type: 
Tailwheel Seats:
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
Engine Model/Series: O-200A
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMDT,312 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 16:56 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 239°
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 220° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 
Temperature/Dew Point:
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Palmyra, PA (58N)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Palmyra, PA (58N)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Reigle Field 58N
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 489 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 31 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 1955 ft / 40 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: 40.286666,-76.576942(est)

1 comment:

  1. Reigle Field 58N is the last of 4 local fields, "is a privately-owned, public use general aviation airport and has been run by the Reigle family
    since 1942." Quickly being surrounded by development, it to will be history for development value vs general aviation.