Monday, January 04, 2021

Loss of Control on Ground: Extra EA-300/L, N52NL; accident occurred January 02, 2021 at Santa Monica Municipal Airport (KSMO), California

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

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

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Marauder Aviation LLC

Location: Santa Monica, California
Accident Number: WPR21LA076
Date and Time: January 2, 2021, 16:15 Local 
Registration: N52NL
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot of a tailwheel equipped airplane reported that, during the landing roll, his foot “popped off” the rudder pedal and the airplane ground loop to the left. The left main landing collapsed, the left wing impacted the runway surface and came to rest on the runway. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left aileron. 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 groundloop.


Aircraft Directional control - Not attained/maintained
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Landing-landing roll Landing gear collapse

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 55, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Single-engine sea
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 5-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane Second 
Pilot Present:
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 3 With waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: February 14, 2020
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: February 13, 2020
Flight Time: (Estimated) 991 hours (Total, all aircraft), 186 hours (Total, this make and model), 810 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 98 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 43 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N52NL
Model/Series: EA 300/L 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2000
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Aerobatic; Normal 
Serial Number: 109
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel 
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: May 27, 2020 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2095 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 912 Hrs at time of accident 
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: AEIO-540 SER
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 300 Horsepower
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSMO, 174 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 16:51 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 54°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 250° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.22 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / 10°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Santa Monica, CA 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Santa Monica, CA
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 169 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 21
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3500 ft / 150 ft
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: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 34.015822,-118.4513

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