Saturday, March 13, 2021

Low Altitude Operation / Event: Stolp SA-750 Acroduster Too, N529FM; accident occurred March 07, 2020 in Senoia, Coweta County, Georgia

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Senoia, Georgia
Accident Number: ERA20CA128
Date & Time: March 7, 2020, 12:40 Local 
Registration: N529FM
Aircraft: Stolp Starduster ACRODUSTER II SA750 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Low altitude operation/event
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that, while performing aerial stunts for a local children's party, the airplane struck a tree, and he then lost control of the airplane. He maneuvered the airplane over a street, and it struck another tree and then impacted terrain. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, both wings, and the empennage. A Federal Aviation Administrator inspector who examined the airplane after the accident confirmed flight control continuity and reported no anomalies with the flight controls.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to see and avoid trees while maneuvering at low altitude, which resulted in a loss of airplane control.


Personnel issues Monitoring environment - Pilot
Aircraft Altitude - Not attained/maintained
Aircraft (general) - Not attained/maintained
Environmental issues Tree(s) - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Maneuvering-low-alt flying Low altitude operation/event (Defining event)
Maneuvering Loss of control in flight
Maneuvering-low-alt flying Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 62, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s):None 
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam:09/07/2001 
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Stolp Starduster
Model/Series: ACRODUSTER II SA750 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:1998 
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 302
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 5
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
Engine Model/Series: IO360 SER A&C
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power:
Operator:On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: FFC, 798 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1253 EST
Direction from Accident Site: 342°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 350°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.45 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / -4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Senoia, GA (64GA)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  EST
Type of Airspace:Class G 

Airport Information

Airport: Big 'T' (64GA)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 900 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach:None 
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 33.283333, -84.538889 (est)

No comments:

Post a Comment