Monday, June 21, 2021

Loss of Control on Ground: Taylorcraft BC12-D, N49368; accident occurred June 21, 2019 at Yerington Municipal Airport (O43), Lyon County, Nevada

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Yerington, NV

Accident Number: GAA19CA366
Date & Time: 06/21/2019, 1230 PDT
Registration: N49368
Aircraft: Taylorcraft BC12
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 


The pilot reported that, before attempting to take off, he tied a rope to the airplane's tail and then hand propped the airplane. The engine started, and "the rope snapped." Subsequently, the unmanned airplane started moving and then impacted a fence. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right aileron. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures 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 failure to properly secure the airplane before hand propping it, which resulted in the unmanned airplane moving and colliding with a fence.


Personnel issues Incorrect action performance - Pilot
Environmental issues Fence/fence post - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Standing-engine(s) start-up Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Standing-engine(s) start-up Ground collision

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 70, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
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 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/17/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/03/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 3287 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1313 hours (Total, this make and model), 3252 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 13 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Taylorcraft
Registration: N49368
Model/Series: BC12 D
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1946
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 7692
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/08/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1280 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4245.54 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: CONTINENTAL
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: C-85-8F
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: KMEV, 4726 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 28 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0900 PDT
Direction from Accident Site: 269°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 10 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: 
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Las Vegas, NV (VGT)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Reno, NV (RTS)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0900 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Yerington Muni (O43)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 4381 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None

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: 39.005556, -119.156667 (est)

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