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Taylorcraft BC12-D, N64518: Accidents occurred April 20, 2022 and May 04, 2014 in Wasilla, Alaska

National Transportation Safety Board accident number: ANC22LA032

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

April 20, 2022:  Aircraft nosed over on landing. 

Date: 20-APR-22
Time: 18:30:00Z
Regis#: N64518
Aircraft Make: TAYLORCRAFT
Aircraft Model: BC12
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

May 04, 2014

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: Wasilla, Alaska
Accident Number: ANC14CA027
Date and Time: May 4, 2014, 15:00 Local 
Registration: N64518
Aircraft: Taylorcraft BC12 D 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Turbulence encounter 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot was departing from a private grass airstrip in his tailwheel equipped airplane. He stated that there was a slight breeze out of the north. As the airplane climbed above the tree line he encountered a rotor and downdraft and was unable to continue climbing. He elected to set the airplane in an area of trees, resulting in substantial damage to the wing lift struts. The pilot stated that there were no preaccident mechanical anomalies with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

In the recommendation section of the NTSB Accident Reporting Form 6120.1, he also stated that he had just started flying from the airstrip, and was not familiar with the local conditions. After the accident, he learned that there is often a wind shift/rotor that occurs near the tree line at the midfield point of the airstrip.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's inadequate weather evaluation, which resulted in a turbulence encounter at low altitude and collision with trees. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's lack of knowledge of local wind conditions.


Personnel issues Identification/recognition - Pilot
Personnel issues Knowledge of meteorologic cond - Pilot
Environmental issues Terrain induced turbulence - Contributed to outcome
Environmental issues Aircraft - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

History of Flight

Initial climb Turbulence encounter (Defining event)
Initial climb Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 53
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Single-engine sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: March 5, 2014
Occupational Pilot: UNK
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: July 18, 2013
Flight Time: 373.2 hours (Total, all aircraft), 289.7 hours (Total, this make and model), 299.1 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Taylorcraft 
Registration: N64518
Model/Series: BC12-D
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1946
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 6913
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: May 1, 2014 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 0 Hrs
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1454 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: O200-A
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 100 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: PAWS,354 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 22:56 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 123°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 230° Turbulence Severity
Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 29.85 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Wasilla, AK (6AK8) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: ANCHORAGE, AK (LHD)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: TULAKES 6AK8
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 350 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Soft
Runway Used: 36 IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 1200 ft / 100 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 61.613609,-149.673049(est)