Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Luscombe 8A, N2071K: Accident occurred September 04, 2021 at Smith Field Airport (KSMD), Fort Wayne, Indiana

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana

Location: Fort Wayne, IN
Accident Number: CEN21LA400
Date & Time: September 4, 2021, 14:30 Local 
Registration: N2071K
Aircraft: Luscombe 8A
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On September 4, 2021, about 1430 eastern daylight time, a Luscombe 8A airplane, N2071K, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Fort Wayne, Indiana. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, he and 3 other airplanes were conducting a cross-country return flight to Pennsylvania. After refueling, the airplanes taxied to runway 23, and the pilot completed his preflight checklist. Shortly after takeoff, about 200 to 300 ft above ground level, the engine began operating rough, which included some surging, and then it lost power. The pilot attempted to land on runway 5, which resulted in a landing with a 9 to 12 knot tail wind. Due to the tailwind, the airplane touched down near the end of runway 5. Realizing the airplane would not stop before the end of the runway, the pilot turned the airplane to the right and exited the runway surface. The airplane entered a soybean field and nosed over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and vertical stabilizer.

The airplane was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Luscombe 
Registration: N2071K
Model/Series: 8A 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFWA,828 ft msl
Observation Time: 14:54 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C /16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3000 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 16 knots / 25 knots, 240°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 5000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Fort Wayne, IN 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 40.980917,-85.187897 (est)

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