Sunday, December 05, 2021

Nose Over: Champion 7GCBC, N5213X; accident occurred July 04, 2021 in Palmer, Alaska

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; Anchorage, Alaska

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Palmer, Alaska 
Accident Number: ANC21LA052
Date and Time: July 4, 2021, 12:30 
Local Registration: N5213X
Aircraft: Champion 7GCBC 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down 
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that during the landing rollout at an off-airport landing site as he was applying the brakes, the airplane encountered a series of “whoops” or bumps on the landing surface. After the airplane rolled over the first bump, the tail began to rise followed by the propeller impacting the second bump. The airplane subsequently nosed-over, sustaining substantial damage to both lift struts. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or anomalies with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation and that the accident may have been prevented if he had selected a more suitable landing site.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot’s selection of unsuitable terrain for landing which resulted in a nose-over.


Personnel issues Decision making/judgment - Pilot
Environmental issues (general) - Effect on equipment

Factual Information

History of Flight

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private 
Age: 29, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 1 With waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: December 23, 2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: August 23, 2020
Flight Time: 131 hours (Total, all aircraft), 66 hours (Total, this make and model), 87 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 21 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Champion
Registration: N5213X
Model/Series: 7GCBC
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1969 
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 177
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: October 5, 2020 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1422 Hrs as of last inspection 
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C126 installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 0-320 B2B
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: PAAQ,230 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 12:53 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 2°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3500 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 200°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 7°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Palmer, AK 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Palmer, AK
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 61.501454,-149.09937

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