Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Luscombe 8A, N1331K: Accident occurred May 24, 2021 at Skaneateles Aerodrome (6B9) Onondaga County, New York

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rochester, New York

Location: Skaneateles, NY 
Accident Number: ERA21LA231
Date & Time: May 24, 2021, 14:00 Local
Registration: N1331K
Aircraft: Luscombe 8A 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Luscombe
Registration: N1331K
Model/Series: 8A 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSYR,417 ft msl
Observation Time: 13:54 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 19 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C /7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 5500 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 40°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Skaneateles, NY
Destination: Seneca Falls, NY (0G7)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 42.91359,-76.44076 (est)

Skaneateles, New York — An 87-year-old pilot suffered minor injuries when an airplane overturned trying to take off at the Skaneateles Aerodrome on Monday afternoon.

Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office deputies and rescue personnel responded to the airport off Benson Road at approximately 1:44 p.m., said Sgt. Jon Seeber, sheriff’s office spokesman.

The Luscombe 8A was attempting to take off when the pilot lost control of the aircraft, Seeber said. The plane overturned, landing just off the runway, he said.

The pilot, the only person on the plane, was transported to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse.

Deputies, along with members of the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board, are investigating the crash.


  1. Well someone has to say it similar to what my extended family had to go through with their great-grandfather after an accident he nearly got killed in when he was in his 80s and refused to give it up after many attempts by family and friends (and clergy):

    "It's time to hang up the wings, dearest had a good long aviation career."

  2. An 87 year old pilot? Folks it’s up to family to stop this. It happens all the time and has the potential to destroy a family. Yes it’s hard to do. What worked for us is that when ever my dad wanted to fly we had a dear friend of the family take my dad up anytime he wanted in his beloved Beechcraft.
    Now when I think of my 94 year old Dad, I think of the the smile ear to ear along side of a capable pilot!”

  3. My Dad quit flying at 90, 2 years ago. He could easily be still flying. Quit with the age BS, there's no indication age had anything to do with the fact, I watched my buddy tip his 8F over on a grass strip last August, he's 52, plus having owned 2 Luscombes and being very familiar with the brand, I would guess there's not a single one that hasn't been on it's back at some point.

  4. And if you look at these pictures, usually all you need to replace is the tail. I had a 1940 8A that sported an 8F tail.


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