Tuesday, October 12, 2021

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Dulles

Aircraft landed hard with the brakes applied and flipped over. 


Date: 09-OCT-21
Time: 18:22:00Z
Regis#: N4581M
Aircraft Make: LUSCOMBE
Aircraft Model: 8A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: WINCHESTER
State: VIRGINIA

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:

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    "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

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