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Nose Over: American Champion 8GCBC Scout, N58BH; accident occurred January 01, 2022 in Jordan Valley, Malheur County, Oregon

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; Boise, Idaho

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Bob Hannah Aviation LLC

Location: Jordan Valley, Oregon
Accident Number: WPR22LA074
Date and Time: January 1, 2022, 12:00 Local 
Registration: N58BH
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that during the takeoff roll on snow-covered desert terrain, the airplane broke through the snow, and nosed over. The vertical stabilizer and rudder were substantially damaged. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot’s decision to takeoff on remote snow covered terrain which, resulted in a nose-over.


Personnel issues Decision making/judgment - Pilot
Aircraft Directional control - Not attained/maintained
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Environmental issues Snow/slush/ice covered surface - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Takeoff Nose over/nose down (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial 
Age: 65, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Single-engine sea; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Airship
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 2 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: November 9, 2021
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: October 29, 2021
Flight Time: 10325 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2000 hours (Total, this make and model), 10325 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 30 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N58BH
Model/Series: 8GCBC 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2015 
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 568-2015
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: September 2, 2021 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 673 Hrs 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C126 installed
Engine Model/Series: O-360-C1G
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: KEUL,2429 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 23 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 10:56 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 70°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 40° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.37 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: -8°C / -12°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Jordan Valley, OR 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Caldwell, ID 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Succor Creek Airstrip NA
Runway Surface Type:
Airport Elevation: 3274 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Ice; Snow
Runway Used: 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 43.516389,-117.14 (est)

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