Saturday, March 27, 2021

Loss of Control on Ground: Cub Crafters CC19-180, N711XC; accident occurred April 01, 2018 at Seldovia Airport (PASO), Alaska

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Juneau, Alaska

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:


Location: Seldovia, AK
Accident Number: GAA18CA196
Date & Time: 04/01/2018, 1200 AKD
Registration: N711XC
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 


The pilot receiving instruction in the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the landing roll, the airplane veered to the left. He applied right rudder and brake to correct, but the airplane continued to veer to the left. In an attempt to maintain directional control, he added power with left rudder and brake. Subsequently, the flight instructor pulled the engine power back and applied right rudder, but the airplane continued to the left and the right wing impacted the ground.

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

The pilot reported that the airplane previously had a tendency to veer to the left during the landing roll. He further reported that, repairs were made during a recent annual inspection and noted that "thicker brake spaces" had been installed.

The instructor reported in a telephone conversation 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 during landing. Contributing to the accident was the flight instructor's delayed remedial action.


Aircraft Directional control - Not attained/maintained
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Personnel issues Delayed action - Instructor/check pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Landing-landing roll Attempted remediation/recovery

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 69, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/16/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/06/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 856 hours (Total, all aircraft), 16 hours (Total, this make and model), 585 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor
Age:, Female
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Rear
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Unknown
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/01/2017
Occupational Pilot:
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CUB CRAFTERS INC
Registration: N711XC
Model/Series: CC19 180
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2016
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: CC19-0009
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 12/07/2017, Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-360-C1G
Registered Owner: AK AC LLC
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: AK AC LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PASO, 29 ft msl
Observation Time: 1953 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 51°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 4°C / -8°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 360°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.36 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: ANCHORAGE, AK (MRI)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Destination: Seldovia, AK (SOV)
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time: 1030 AKD
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Gravel
Airport Elevation: 29 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 34
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 1845 ft / 80 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop 

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:  59.442222, -151.703889 (est)


  1. Did I read the CFI's ratings correctly? Has an ATP but no instrument rating? How the hell can she have done that? I know it has nothing to do with this incident but I'm genuinely interested if this was just an FAA error (wouldn't be the first time) or she really did somehow have an ATP rating with no instrument. There's a limited ATP rating for those building up time to get an ATP but it still requires an instrument rating. Can anyone clarify this?

    1. Interesting... she had her attorney fill out and sign the NTSB Form 6120.1. His name is Patrick N. Berat(s), Esq.


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