Saturday, January 16, 2021

Ground Collision: Piper J3C-65 Cub, N88204; accident occurred August 30, 2020 at Hartford Municipal Airport (KHXF), Washington County, Wisconsin

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;  Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

Location: Hartford, Wisconsin
Accident Number: CEN20LA436
Date & Time: August 30, 2020, 17:30 Local
Registration: N88204
Aircraft: Piper J3
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Ground collision 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot planned a personal flight to a nearby airport that had recently added new runways. Before the flight, his flight instructor sent him an airport diagram with the new grass runway marked, which was parallel to an asphalt runway. After the pilot reviewed the diagram, he thought he knew where to expect the new grass runway.

While in the traffic pattern at the destination airport, the pilot noticed a large open grass space below him, so he landed the airplane. The pilot landed to the east but thought he had landed to the west. The area that he landed on was not the grass runway; while completing a fast taxi, the airplane collided with a runway marker for the north-south runway. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and left wing spar. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot’s loss of situation awareness which resulted in landing in a grass area and the subsequent collision with a runway marker. 


Personnel issues Identification/recognition - Pilot
Environmental issues Sign/marker - Decision related to condition

Factual Information

History of Flight

Taxi Wrong surface or wrong airport
Taxi Ground collision (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Sport Pilot 
Age: 61,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Sport pilot None
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: July 14, 2020
Flight Time: 63.2 hours (Total, all aircraft), 45.2 hours (Total, this make and model), 10.9 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 16.9 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0.5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N88204
Model/Series: J3
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1946
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 15821
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel 
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: May 15, 2020 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1220 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 15 Hrs
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3880 Hrs as of last inspection 
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: C90-12F
Registered Owner:
Rated Power: 90 Horsepower
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: KETB,1070 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 17:35 Local 
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 100° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 29.89 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 11°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Westbend, WI (ETB)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Hartford, WI 
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time: 17:15 Local
Type of Airspace: Class E;Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Hartford Municipal Airport HXF
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 1070 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 09 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2000 ft / 200 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: None

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: 43.348876,-88.390265

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