Thursday, April 09, 2020

Collision During Takeoff: AutoGyro GmbH MTO Sport, N498AG; accident occurred October 12, 2019 in Montgomery, Texas




The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

https://registry.faa.gov/N498AG


Location: Montgomery, TX
Accident Number: CEN20TA007
Date & Time: 10/12/2019, 1530 CDT
Registration: N498AG
Aircraft: AutoGyro GmbH MTO Sport
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Collision during takeoff/land
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 12, 2019, about 1530 central daylight time, an amateur-built experimental AutoGyro GmbH MTO Sport gyroplane, N498AG, impacted trees during takeoff from a remote field near Montgomery, Texas. The sport pilot sustained serious injuries and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The gyroplane sustained substantial damage. The gyroplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a visual flight rules personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from a private ranch near Hempstead, Texas, about 1445, and was destined for the Livingston Municipal Airport (00R), Livingston, Texas.

The pilot reported that while inflight, his electronic tablet he was utilizing for navigation failed. The pilot decided to land to a field in a private ranch and troubleshoot the electronic tablet. After troubleshooting the tablet, the pilot departed from the field to the northwest. During the takeoff toward an opening in the trees, the pilot realized that was not adequate obstacle clearance. He turned to the south and the gyroplane impacted trees. After impacting the trees, the gyroplane came to rest in a nose-down profile on the left side of the fuselage as shown below in figure 1. The pilot and passenger were able to egress from the wreckage without further incident.

The gyroplane was not equipped with an emergency locator transmitter, nor was it required to be. After the accident, hunters on the property transported the occupants to a highway where first responders were contacted.

The gyroplane sustained substantial damage to the main rotor system, the fuselage, and the empennage. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airframe and engine that would have precluded normal operation.

In the safety recommendation section of the NTSB Accident/Incident Reporting Form 6120.1, the pilot reported that the accident could have been prevented by "measuring the length of the field before taking off."

Pilot Information

Certificate: Sport Pilot
Age: 41, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied:Front 
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Gyroplane
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:No 
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/19/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 207.9 hours (Total, all aircraft), 199 hours (Total, this make and model), 167.2 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AutoGyro GmbH
Registration: N498AG
Model/Series: MTO Sport
Aircraft Category: Gyroplane
Year of Manufacture: 2014
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: M01047
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/05/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 188.2 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax Aircraft Engines
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 914UL
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power:110 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: KCXO, 245 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1953 UTC
Direction from Accident Site:97° 
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 40°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 7°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Hempstead, TX
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Livingston, TX (00R)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1445 CDT
Type of Airspace:Class G 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 30.336667, -95.679444 (est)

Loss of Control on Ground: Luscombe 8F, N2037B; accident occurred October 15, 2019 at Lebanon Municipal Airport (KLEB), Grafton County, New Hampshire




Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms
 
https://registry.faa.gov/N2037B

Location: Lebanon, NH
Accident Number: GAA20CA028
Date & Time: 10/15/2019, 1845 UTC
Registration: N2037B
Aircraft: Luscombe 8
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

Analysis
 
The pilot reported that, during landing and shortly after touchdown, a wind gust lifted the right wing, and the airplane veered left. The pilot attempted to apply control inputs and added power to recover, but the airplane exited the runway and impacted a drainage ditch. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the 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 failure to maintain directional control during landing, which resulted in a runway excursion and impact with a ditch.

Findings

Aircraft
Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Sloped/uneven terrain - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Attempted remediation/recovery
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 72, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed Unknown
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/10/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/10/2019
Flight Time: (Estimated) , 197.1 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Luscombe
Registration: N2037B
Model/Series: 8 F
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1948
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 6464
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: C90
Registered Owner: Silvaire LLC
Rated Power:
Operator: Silvaire LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLEB, 570 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1553 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 260°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / -1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Destination:
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Lebanon Muni (LEB)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 603 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 25
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5496 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Unknown

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire:None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries:1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 43.626111, -72.304167 (est)

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna 180A, N180JL; accident occurred October 15, 2019 at Dead Cow Lakebed Airstrip, Washoe County, Nevada

View of damage to the left wing and aileron. 
Federal Aviation Administration


Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


https://registry.faa.gov/N180JL

Location: Flannigan, NV
Accident Number: GAA20CA029
Date & Time: 10/15/2019, 1100 PDT
Registration: N180JL
Aircraft: Cessna 180
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Ground collision
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

Analysis 

The pilot reported that, during the landing roll on the flat, soft dirt, dry lakebed, he "could not get full deflection of the left brake as it felt as if something were underneath the pedal." The airplane veered right, and the right wing struck the ground. The airplane bounced, and the left wing struck the ground. When the airplane stopped, the pilot could not find any objects that could have impeded the range of pedal movement. 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 failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll, which resulted in a wing strike. 

Findings

Aircraft
Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 57, Female
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 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/04/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/27/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 289 hours (Total, all aircraft), 115 hours (Total, this make and model), 212 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N180JL
Model/Series: 180 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1957
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 32858
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/09/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2250 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4473 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-470-50
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 265 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: KSVE, 4149 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 34 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1753 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 296°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 2300 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 12 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 100°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / 24°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Susanville, CA (SVE)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Flannigan, NV (n/a)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1030 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Dead Cow Lakebed Airstrip (n/a)
Runway Surface Type: Dirt
Airport Elevation: 0 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach:None 
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Stop and Go 

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: 40.130000, -119.910000 (est)

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna 305A Bird Dog, N5073Y; accident occurred October 17, 2019 at New Braunfels Regional Airport (KBAZ), Guadalupe County, Texas



Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

https://registry.faa.gov/N5073Y

Location: New Braunfels, TX
Accident Number: GAA20CA046
Date & Time: 10/17/2019, 1340 CDT
Registration: N5073Y
Aircraft: Cessna L19
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

Analysis 

The pilot reported that, during landing, the main landing gear touched down, followed by the tailwheel, and the airplane veered left. He corrected with right rudder, but the airplane continued left, exited the runway, and ground looped. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right elevator. 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 failure to maintain directional control during landing, which resulted in a runway excursion and ground-loop.

Findings

Aircraft
Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial; Private
Age: 76, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider; Helicopter
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Glider
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/17/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/22/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 9784 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3066 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N5073Y
Model/Series: L19 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 21714
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/25/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2100 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 969.8 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-470-11B
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: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: KBAZ, 645 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1851 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 324°
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: 29.99 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 7°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Wharton, TX (ARM)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: New Braunfels, TX (BAZ)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1238 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: New Braunfels Rgnl (BAZ)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 658 ft
Runway Surface Condition:Dry
Runway Used: 13
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6503 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

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: 29.705833, -98.043333 (est)

Ground Collision: Piper PA-28R-201T Turbo Arrow III, N679X; accident occurred March 31, 2020 at Bermuda Dunes Airport (KUDD), Palm Springs, Riverside County, California

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


https://registry.faa.gov/N679X


Location: Palm Springs, CA

Accident Number: WPR20CA120
Date & Time: 03/31/2020, 1545 PDT
Registration: N679X
Aircraft: Piper PA28R
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Ground collision
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that while taxiing to the runway, the airplane veered hard to the left. He shut down the engine and saw that the left wing had struck the windshield of a small truck that was parked at the edge of the taxiway. Neither he nor his passenger saw the truck as the color of the truck blended in with the background of a hangar.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 44, 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 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/03/2020
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/25/2019
Flight Time:  168 hours (Total, all aircraft), 96 hours (Total, this make and model), 81 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 9 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Pilot-Rated Passenger Information

Certificate: Private; Remote
Age: 39, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Unmanned (sUAS)
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: 06/05/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N679X
Model/Series: PA28R 201T
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1977
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28R-7703101
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/05/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2750 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 84 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 8288.5 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: TSIO-360-B1
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 200 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: KPSP, 409 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1453 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 291°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 320°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 6°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Palm Springs, CA (UDD)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Palm Springs, CA (UDD)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1545 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Bermuda Dunes (UDD)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 73 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None

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: 33.748333, -116.274722 (est)

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N391SP: Incident occurred April 08, 2020 at Midland Airpark (KMDD), Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas

Aircraft experienced a gust of wind and veered off runway into the grass.

Floris Flight Services

https://registry.faa.gov/N391SP

Date: 08-APR-20
Time: 18:05:00Z
Regis#: N391SP
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MIDLAND
State: TEXAS

Mooney M20C Ranger, N6831V: Incident occurred April 08, 2020 at Madras Municipal Airport (S33), Jefferson County, Oregon -and- incident occurred December 13, 2016 at La Grande/Union County Airport (KLGD), Oregon

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

April 08, 2020: Aircraft right main gear collapsed on landing. 

https://registry.faa.gov/N6831V

Date: 08-APR-20
Time: 19:10:00Z
Regis#: N6831V
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20C
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: MADRAS
State: OREGON

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

December 13, 2016: Aircraft landed gear up.

Date: 13-DEC-16
Time: 18:55:00Z
Regis#: N6831V
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20C
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: LA GRANDE
State: OREGON 


December 13th, 2016

John Larson's nearly 50 years of experience as a pilot helped him successfully land his plane without landing gear on December 13, 2016. 

A pilot and his passenger landed safely on December 13th, 2016 at the La Grande/Union County Airport despite the landing gear locking up.

“I feel fine,” said John Larson, a Prineville pilot, after successfully landing his crippled Mooney M20C Ranger at the La Grande airport. “A pilot always wonders when you have an emergency like that if you’re going to do the right thing, but then training kicks in and you do.”

Larson has had his pilot’s license for nearly 50 years, he said. It’s likely Larson’s experience that got him and his passenger, Jim Mateski, on the ground unscathed.

“I was making every effort I could to get that gear down,” Larson said. “If I could get it to extend, then I would’ve saved myself thousands of dollars.”

The airport employees were impressed as they watched him land.

“It was an excellent landing,” said Lyn Welch, bookkeeper at the airport. “He did really well. It was just a gorgeous landing. It’s a good day when that happens.”

Things could’ve turned out much differently, she said.

Not too long after his safe landing, Larson was taking phone call after phone call, including from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, wanting to know the details about the landing.

Larson and Mateski had some tense moments, but appeared relatively at ease and in good spirits.

Larson and Mateski flew out of Prineville in  the early morning on December 13th, 2016 heading to La Grande to retrieve a puppy for Mateski, Larson said.

As the plane approached the La Grande/Union County Airport, Larson figured out they had a problem. He decided if he was going to have to make a landing without his gear, he wanted to make it at his home airport that he’s more familiar with.

He circled back to Prineville, but fog had set in, limiting visibility and forcing Larson and Mateski to return to La Grande.

“We wanted to make sure the weather didn’t become a factor in the situation too,” Larson said.

Since they knew the weather was good in La Grande, the duo returned to the Grande Ronde Valley and prepared to land.

“I was trying to figure out the best way to get it on the ground with the least amount of damage,” Larson said.

He said he recalled reading how others made landings similar to what he was facing and was fairly comfortable with the idea.

“It’s usually considered an ‘incident’ rather than an ‘accident’ by FAA standards,” Larson said. “Normally, people aren’t injured.”

Larson didn’t want to guess how much damage was done to his plane. Mooneys, he said, are pretty stout.

“I don’t have any guesses why it locked up,” he said. “I may never know.” 

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