Sunday, May 09, 2021

Turbulence Encounter: Ercoupe 415-C, N2101H, accident occurred May 06, 2019 in Rosendale, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Rosendale, WI 
Accident Number: GAA19CA245
Date & Time: 05/06/2019, 1220 CDT
Registration: N2101H
Aircraft: Ercoupe 415 C
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Turbulence encounter
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 


The pilot reported that he made an off-airport precautionary landing due to turbulent conditions. During the landing roll in a pasture, the airplane's nose landing gear impacted a fence, and the airplane nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings.

The pilot reported 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 selection of unsuitable terrain for an off-airport precautionary landing, which resulted in impact with a fence and a nose-over.


Personnel issues Decision making/judgment - Pilot
Environmental issues Fence/fence post - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Enroute-cruise Turbulence encounter (Defining event)
Landing Off-field or emergency landing
Landing-landing roll Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)
Landing-landing roll Nose over/nose down

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 70, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No 
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/20/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1174 hours (Total, all aircraft), 547 hours (Total, this make and model), 1174 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Ercoupe
Registration: N2101H
Model/Series: 415 C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1946
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 2724
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/01/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 897 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2700 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: C-75-12
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 85 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: KOSH, 782 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1953 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 47°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / Clear Air
Wind Direction: 80°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / Severe
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / 4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Pulaski, WI (92C)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Juneau, WI (UNU)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1000 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  43.880556, -88.710556 (est)

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