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Loss of Control on Ground: American Champion 7GCBC, N952B; accident occurred July 12, 2020 in Frank Church Wilderness, Idaho


Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Brickley Construction 

Location: McCall, ID
Accident Number: WPR20CA227
Date & Time: 07/12/2020, 0830 MDT
Registration: N952B
Aircraft: Champion 7GCBC
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that, during the approach into an airstrip with a short, upslope runway, he intentionally carried more airspeed for the purpose of having "energy to flare". During the flare, the airplane did not touchdown immediately, and when the airplane did touchdown, about 300 ft of runway remained. The airplane crested the top of the hill and the pilot applied additional braking action which resulted in the tail lifting. The airplane subsequently nosed over and came to rest inverted.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing and rudder.

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

Pilot Information

Age: 61, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/11/2020
Occupational Pilot:No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/13/2020
Flight Time: (Estimated) 2078.2 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1847 hours (Total, this make and model), 2033.2 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 33.7 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 20.1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Champion
Registration: N952B
Model/Series: 7GCBC No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:2006 
Amateur Built:No 
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 1408-2006
Landing Gear Type:Tailwheel 
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/01/2020, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1950 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 13 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1834.2 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Superior
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-360-A3A2
Registered Owner: Brickley Construction
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: Brickley Construction
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSMN, 4044 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 47 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0756 MDT
Direction from Accident Site: 92°
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: 30.07 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / 7°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Cabin Creek, ID
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Mile High, ID
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0815 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Mile Hi (PVT)
Runway Surface Type: Dirt; Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 5831 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry; Rough; Soft; Vegetation
Runway Used: 19
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 560 ft / 30 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire:None 
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 45.150556, -114.999444 (est)

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