Sunday, July 25, 2021

Loss of Control on Ground: Smith DSA-1 Miniplane, N179VP; accident occurred May 12, 2021 at Elton Hensley Memorial Airport (KFTT), Fulton, Callaway County, Missouri

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board
The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Kansas City, Missouri

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Fulton, Missouri
Accident Number: CEN21LA217
Date & Time: May 12, 2021, 13:00 Local 
Registration: N179VP
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot reported he was landing his tailwheel-equipped airplane when on touchdown, the airplane’s right wing lifted and the pilot lost control. The airplane nosed over and impacted on the runway. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer and upper rear fuselage near the bulkhead. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. At the time of the accident, the pilot was landing the airplane on runway 36 with wind from 060o at 11 knots with gusts to 17 knots.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot’s failure to maintain control of the airplane during landing in gusty crosswinds.


Aircraft Directional control - Not attained/maintained
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Environmental issues Gusts - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Landing Nose over/nose down

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private 
Age: 62,
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 5-point
Instrument Rating(s): None 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: BasicMed Unknown 
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: October 3, 2020
Flight Time: 570 hours (Total, all aircraft), 10 hours (Total, this make and model), 490 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 20 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N179VP
Model/Series: DSA-1
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental (Special)
Serial Number: 1
Landing Gear Type: 
Tailwheel Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: May 1, 2020 Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 400 Hrs at time of accident 
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: O-290
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s): None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCOU
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 17:54 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 271°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 11 knots / 17 knots 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 60° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30.41 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / -4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Vandalia, IL (KVLA)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Fulton, MO
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 11:00 Local
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Elton Hensley Memorial KFTT
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 886 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 36 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4001 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: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 38.838449,-91.999933 (est)

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