Saturday, June 12, 2021

Loss of Control on Ground: Luscombe 8A, N2094B; accident occurred June 12, 2018 at Phoenix Deer Valley Airport (KDVT), Maricopa County, Arizona

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Phoenix, Arizona 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Phoenix, Arizona 
Accident Number: GAA18CA338
Date & Time: June 12, 2018, 11:00 Local
Registration: N2094B
Aircraft: Luscombe 8 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during landing, the airplane ballooned, He then added power and "lost control on the second touchdown." The airplane landed, exited the runway to the left, and came to rest inverted.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 190° at 3 knots. The airplane landed on runway 25R.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's improper landing flare and subsequent failure to maintain directional control during landing.


Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Aircraft Directional control - Not attained/maintained
Aircraft Landing flare - Not attained/maintained

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing Abnormal runway contact
Landing Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Landing Runway excursion
Landing Nose over/nose down

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 81, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: September 21, 2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: September 27, 2017
Flight Time: (Estimated) 3228 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1 hours (Total, this make and model), 30 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 24 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Luscombe
Registration: N2094B
Model/Series: 8 A 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1949 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 6521
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: May 12, 2018 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1260 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4010 Hrs as of last inspection 
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: A65
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 65 Horsepower
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDVT, 1455 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 17:53 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 234°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  / None
Wind Direction: 190°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.84 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 36°C / -5°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: CHANDLER, AZ (CHD)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Phoenix, AZ (DVT)
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time: 10:00 Local 
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1478 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 25R
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4500 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full stop; Traffic pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 33.689723,-112.07917 (est)

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