Saturday, August 07, 2021

Nose Over: CubCrafters CC11-160 Carbon Cub SS, N321C; accident occurred August 09, 2020 at Rostraver Airport (KFWQ), Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board
Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Pittsburg, Pennsylvania 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Monongahela, Pennsylvania 
Accident Number: ERA20CA280
Date & Time: August 9, 2020, 14:43 Local 
Registration: N321C
Aircraft: CUBCRAFTERS INC CC11-160 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane was performing a wheel landing to the turf adjacent to an asphalt runway. Prior to the tailwheel contacting the ground, the pilot moved his toes to top the rudder pedals and inadvertently applied the brakes. The airplane then nosed over and came to rest inverted, which resulted in substantial damage to the left-wing strut. 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 premature application of brakes during landing, which resulted in a nose-over event.


Personnel issues Use of equip/system - Pilot
Aircraft Surface speed/braking - Not attained/maintained

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll Nose over/nose down (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial; Sport Pilot 
Age: 74,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport pilot
None Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 2798 hours (Total, all aircraft), 101 hours (Total, this make and model), 1567 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 13 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N321C
Model/Series: CC11-160 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2016
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental light sport (Special)
Serial Number: CC11-00407
Landing Gear Type: 
Tailwheel Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: June 4, 2020 Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 455.1 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Titan
ELT: C126 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: OX-340CC-B3J4
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 180 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: KAGC,1273 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 18:40 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 334°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 270° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / 16°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Irwin, PA (31D) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Monongahela, PA (FWQ) 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 14:23 Local
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 1228 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Full stop; Traffic pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 40.210834,-79.828613(est)

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