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Loss of Control on Ground: American Champion 7GCBC, N72EB; accident occurred July 14, 2020 at Houston Southwest Airport (KAXH), Fort Bend County, Texas

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board  

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:


Location: Houston, Texas 
Accident Number: CEN20CA281
Date & Time: July 14, 2020, 11:30 Local 
Registration: N72EB
Aircraft: Champion 7GCBC 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline transport; Commercial; Flight instructor
Age: 80, Female
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 5-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane multi-engine; Airplane single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: July 15, 2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: May 31, 2020
Flight Time: 25624 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3127 hours (Total, this make and model), 24800 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 125 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 28 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Student pilot Information

Certificate: Student 
Age: 62, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None 
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 5-point
Instrument Rating(s): None 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: None
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 1 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Champion 
Registration: N72EB
Model/Series: 7GCBC No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1995 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Aerobatic; Normal
Serial Number: 1211-95
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel 
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: June 26, 2020 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1800 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5468 Hrs
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O320-B2B
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 160 Horsepower
Operator:  On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Does Business As: Texas Taildraggers 
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KAXH,69 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 11:35 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 180°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3100 ft AGL
Visibility 7 miles
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 220° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 24°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Houston, TX (AXH)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Houston, TX (AXH) 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 11:00 Local
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Houston-Southwest AXH
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 68 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 27 
IFR Approach: None 
Runway Length/Width: 5002 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full stop; Traffic pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 29.506111,-95.476943(est)

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