Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Luscombe 8, N4581M: Accident occurred October 09, 2021 at Winchester Regional Airport (KOKV), Frederick County, Virginia

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; Herndon, Virginia

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Location: Winchester, Virginia
Accident Number: ERA22LA012
Date and Time: October 9, 2021, 14:22 Local 
Registration: N4581M
Aircraft: Luscombe 8A 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Luscombe 
Registration: N4581M
Model/Series: 8A 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KOKV,727 ft msl
Observation Time: 14:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C /15°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 100°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 4200 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Winchester, VA
Destination: Winchester, VA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 39.143528,-78.144444 (est)

WINCHESTER — No injuries occurred when a single-engine plane flipped while landing at Winchester Regional Airport Saturday, airport Executive Director Nick Sabo said.

Upon landing around 1 p.m., Sabo explained the pilot of a Luscombe 8 hit “the brakes a little too hard” while traveling on the runway at an estimated 30 miles per hour. Brakes on the front two wheels locked up, which Sabo said caused the “nose heavy” plane to tip forward. The propeller then hit the ground and momentum caused the plane to flip over.

Sabo said airport staff responded immediately and called off en-route emergency vehicles when the pilot and one passenger declined medical services. The Federal Aviation Administration was notified and did not send an investigator for such a minor incident.

Sabo said the airport was closed for about an hour while the plane was forklifted onto a flatbed trailer. He said the plane “was banged up pretty good,” but the aircraft was fully intact and likely repairable.

1 comment:

  1. power is our best solution on the ground. It gives you instant control over the tail which is the source of our problems.

    > 5498 feet to roll out @ OKV !!

    "A tail dragger's c of g is very close to and a little behind the main gear, so if the tail comes up too far, say 10 degrees above level give or take, physics takes over. Unless you quickly add power you have no way to stop it once the cg is in front of the mains. Braking , hitting a ditch or hard swerves like a ground loop can cause it. The reason the wheels are close to the cg is to keep the weight on the tail wheel low. Too much weight and it cannot be lifted at low speeds." @ AvCanada