Sunday, December 13, 2020

Nose Over: Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, N3681Z; Accident occurred June 22, 2020 in Monroe, Union County, North Carolina










Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charlotte, North Carolina

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:


Location: Monroe, North Carolina 
Accident Number: ERA20CA223
Date & Time: June 22, 2020, 13:34 Local
Registration: N3681Z
Aircraft: Piper PA18
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline transport; Commercial; Flight instructor
Age: 48, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Single-engine sea; Multi-engine land; Multi-engine sea
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter 
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane multi-engine; Airplane single-engine; Instrument airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: May 5, 2020
Occupational Pilot: Yes 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: October 14, 2019
Flight Time: 2437.3 hours (Total, all aircraft), 300.1 hours (Total, this make and model), 2299.3 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 38.2 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 23.5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N3681Z
Model/Series: PA18 150 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1960 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 18-7410
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: January 13, 2020 100 hour Certified 
Max Gross Wt.: 1750 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 11 Hrs
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2665.9 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: O-320 A3B
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 150 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: EQY,683 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 12:53 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 44°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 10 knots / 17 knots 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: Unknown / Unknown
Wind Direction: 210°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: Unknown / Unknown
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 21°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Monroe, NC (EQY)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Monroe, NC
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 13:20 Local 
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Charlotte-Monroe Executive EQY
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 682 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Vegetation
Runway Used: 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Full stop;Traffic pattern

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: 34.998889,-80.644165

5 comments:

  1. Thank God the pilot wasn't seriously hurt, but come on, he tried to land in a field that looked like that! I know he said he flew over the field to look at it, and it can be hard to judge the condition of a field from the air. But when coming in to land he should have been able to see those very tall weeds, and aborted his landing. Plus even in a field that bad, I don't think larger tires would have made much difference.

    ReplyDelete
  2. These type of incidents happen daily with the bush plane craze. To be cool, you need to have big meats
    and raked stance to obscure forward view. Add in low time tailwheel pilot, Training in a champ, J-3, Citabria. Then head for Idaho backcountry and drop into some cool remote places. I keep wondering how this activity affects our insurance rates, let alone small plane and experimental plane safety statistics. Maybe let nature follow its course.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I think larger tires would have prevented this or at least looked cooler.

    ReplyDelete
  4. This accident makes no sense. This was not an unplanned movement of the aircraft.
    Pilot was repositioning aircraft from a public use paved airport to a farm field because of airport construction. The pilot stated "I have landed on the farm several times in various aircraft and have walked the general landing location.
    After several low reconnaissance passes and noting the tall weeds, I selected a landing location that had no obvious tall weeds."
    Really...Pilot knew what they were doing. Being a "farm" with enough acreage to land a plane on, surely, there was a tractor and a "Bushog" available to mow several passes to at least attempt to make a suitable landing zone.

    So this guy's got these ratings, with a flight instructor endorsement and can't figure out this was a bad idea.
    Sign me up for off field landing practice!

    ROBERT THOMPSON DICKSON JR

    MONROE NC 28110-9521
    County: UNION
    Country: USA


    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Medical Information:
    Medical Class: Second Medical Date: 5/2020
    MUST WEAR CORRECTIVE LENSES.

    BasicMed Course Date: None BasicMed CMEC Date: None

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Certificates
    AIRLINE TRANSPORT PILOT FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR

    Certificates Description
    Certificate: AIRLINE TRANSPORT PILOT
    Date of Issue: 6/4/2019

    Ratings:
    AIRLINE TRANSPORT PILOT
    AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND
    AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE LAND
    COMMERCIAL PRIVILEGES
    AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE SEA
    AIRPLANE MULTIENGINE SEA
    PRIVATE PRIVILEGES
    ROTORCRAFT-HELICOPTER

    Type Ratings:A/CE-525S


    Limits:
    ENGLISH PROFICIENT.
    AUTHORIZED EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT: N-P51.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Get your lazy farmer as out there and bush hog the dam field.

    ReplyDelete