Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna 140A, N5641C, accident occurred March 18, 2019 at Corvallis Municipal Airport (KCVO), Benton County, Oregon

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Corvallis, OR

Accident Number: GAA19CA189
Date & Time: 03/18/2019, 1200 PDT
Registration: N5641C
Aircraft: Cessna 140
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


According to both pilots in the tailwheel-equipped airplane, the newly endorsed tailwheel pilot was on the flight controls during the landing. The pilot at the controls recalled that, when the airplane touched down, it bounced, so she added power, but the airplane bounced again before it settled on the runway. During the landing roll, the airplane veered right, and she overcorrected to the left. She then applied right rudder, but the airplane became "squirrelly." The other pilot, who was the owner of the airplane, grabbed the yoke and applied rudder to regain directional control. The airplane decelerated, the propeller struck the runway, and the airplane nosed over. The other pilot reported that he did not apply the brakes. When asked, the pilot at the controls during the landing could not recall whether she applied the brakes.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the rudder and vertical stabilizer.

Both pilots reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures 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 propeller strike and subsequent nose-over.


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

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll Abnormal runway contact
Landing-landing roll Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Landing-landing roll Attempted remediation/recovery
Landing-landing roll Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)
Landing-landing roll Nose over/nose down

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 75, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/01/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/01/2018
Flight Time: (Estimated) 3572 hours (Total, all aircraft), 39 hours (Total, this make and model), 3303.3 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 18.6 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 7 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor
Age: 55, Female
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/04/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/31/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 877 hours (Total, all aircraft), 7.8 hours (Total, this make and model), 572 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 29 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 12.8 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N5641C
Model/Series: 140 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1950
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Utility
Serial Number: 15595
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/23/2018, Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1500 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3350 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: C90-14F
Registered Owner: Cruisair Llc
Rated Power: 90 hp
Operator: Cruisair Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCVO, 250 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1200 PDT
Direction from Accident Site: 59°
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 15 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 45°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.7 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Creswell, OR (77S)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Corvallis, OR (CVO)
Type of Clearance: VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1115 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Corvallis Muni (CVO)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 249 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 35
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5900 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Touch and Go; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  44.497222, -123.289444 (est)

1 comment:

  1. She should research the term “sole manipulator” instead of blaming the old guy because she wrecked his plane