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Loss of Control on Ground: Baking Duce, N9898R; accident occurred April 01, 2017 at Cochise County Airport (P33), Willcox, Arizona

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Willcox, Arizona 
Accident Number: GAA17CA214
Date & Time: April 1, 2017, 11:54 Local 
Registration: N9898R
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Ferry


The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the landing roll and as he pulled the power to idle and lowered the tail, he raised the flaps and that the airplane then encountered a "sudden and strong wind" that caused it to weather-vane. Subsequently, the airplane veered off the right side of the runway, the main landing gear collapsed, and the airplane came to rest nose down.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both right and left wings and both lift struts.

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 of the airplane during the landing roll after encountering a dirt devil.


Aircraft Directional control - Not attained/maintained
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Environmental issues Dust devil/whirlwind - Ability to respond/compensate

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Landing-landing roll Runway excursion
Landing-landing roll Nose over/nose down

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private 
Age: 47, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: Unknown
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: March 3, 2016
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: September 2, 2016
Flight Time: (Estimated) 991 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2 hours (Total, this make and model), 922 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 38 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 17 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: RONALD J BENDER
Registration: N9898R
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2008 
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental (Special)
Serial Number: 0001
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel 
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: March 25, 2017 Condition 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1650 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 12 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: O-290-G
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 125 Horsepower
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSAD,3176 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 39 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 18:51 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 20°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  / None
Wind Direction: 290°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / -2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: LORDSBURG, NM (LSB)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Willcox, AZ (P33) 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 11:00 Local
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 4187 ft msl 
Runway Surface
Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 21 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6095 ft / 75 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: Full stop;Traffic pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 32.244445,-109.895553(est)

1 comment:

  1. How many times have we seen this? Someone buys a tail dragger and wrecks it on their first flight.


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