Sunday, April 18, 2021

Landing Gear Collapse: Bearhawk, N118CR; accident occurred April 17, 2020 at Tri-County Airport (KASJ), Ahoskie, Hertford County, North Carolina

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina
Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Ahoskie, NC

Accident Number: ERA20CA152
Date & Time: 04/17/2020, 1100 EDT
Registration: N118CR
Aircraft: HOLMGREN Bearhawk
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear collapse
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


The pilot stated that, during landing roll, the right main landing gear (MLG) collapsed. He added that there were two bolts that secure the right MLG and that he found them both fractured after the accident. The pilot believed that one of the bolts was not properly tightened/torqued and failed first and that the second bolt then failed due to overstress. A witness who was working at the airport at the time of the accident reported that he noticed a small airplane approaching and that it appeared to be "wobbling" as it came in for landing. Upon landing, the airplane "bounced" on the runway, turned left, and departed the runway. The witness was unable to see the entire touchdown because his line of sight was partially obscured by buildings, but he noticed that one wingtip seemed to rise 15 to 20 ft during the bounce. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing, airframe, and tailwheel. A 6-knot crosswind existed at the time of the landing.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The collapse of the right main landing gear during a bounced, crosswind landing.


Aircraft Main landing gear - Not specified
Environmental issues Crosswind - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing Abnormal runway contact
Landing Landing gear collapse (Defining event)
Landing Runway excursion

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Commercial
Age: 78, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Sea; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No 
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/10/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/29/2019
Flight Time:  16000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 300 hours (Total, this make and model), 16000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 30 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 12 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: HOLMGREN
Registration: N118CR
Model/Series: Bearhawk
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2013
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 88
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/18/2019, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2500 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 3 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 169 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-540
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 250 hp
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: ASJ, 66 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1055 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 110°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.31 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / 4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Roanoke, VA (ROA) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Ahoskie, NC (ASJ)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1000 EDT
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: Tri-County Airport (ASJ)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 66 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 19
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4501 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:2 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 36.297500, -77.170833 (est)

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