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N39216 accident description

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Crash location 39.222223°N, 96.055278°W
Nearest city St Marys, KS
39.210100°N, 96.070000°W
1.2 miles away
Tail number N39216
Accident date 26 Oct 2005
Aircraft type Taylorcraft BC12-D
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On October 26, 2005, about 1630 central daylight time, a Taylorcraft BC12-D, N39216, operated by an airline transport pilot, sustained substantial damage when the airplane exited the runway during landing and nosed over on impact with a standpipe at a private airpark near St Marys, Kansas. The instructional flight was operating under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. No flight plan was on file. The pilot and certified flight instructor (CFI) reported sustaining minor injuries. The local flight originated from the airpark about 1530.

The CFI's accident report, in part, stated:

At the request for a Part 61.56 BFR (Biennial Flight Review) [the

pilot], (a retired 20,000 hour airline captain) and I met at the

St. Marys Airpark (FAA designation applied for but not yet

issued) at approximately 2 PM.

The Airpark has recently been constructed on an unimproved

agricultural landing strip and is still being improved and widened.

The only runway is 18-36, grass runway, approximately 2400 feet

and 45 varying to 50 feet wide. The wind at the time was about

SWerly 10 -12 knots. The runway surface is somewhat like the

rough (clumpy) grass areas immediately adjacent to a golf course's

fairway, which then changes into the more rough taller grass growth.

There is a slight left bend (approx. 5 degrees) in the runway

alignment starting at the mid point.

The BFR was scheduled to be performed in a Taylorcraft tail wheel

type airplane.

After satisfactorily completing Section 61.56 (a) it was agreed that

the applicant would also demonstrate competence in accordance with

Section 61.31 (i) by performing at least six takeoffs and landings,

three of which would be full stall three point landings and three

wheel landings.

The applicant, sitting in the left seat, after completing the air work

tasks, which were fully in conformance with PTS limits, the previously

agreed to landing sequence was started. The first two were satisfactory

although the candidate had to be cautioned to be more aggressive in

staying closer to the runway center lines. The landing prior to the

incident was a (near perfect) wheel (tail up) landing on, and continue

to track the runway centerline during roll out. The next approach and

landing proceeded normally. Touch down was on center line, but

during the rollout, [the pilot] let the airplane drift toward the

runway left side. When cautioned he started to initiate a correction

back to center. While [the pilot] was slowly correcting back,

and at approximately 10-12 mph, the left main wheel passed through

a small clump of thick grass growth causing the airplane to slew to left.

Before I was able to react, the airplane veered off into the more heavy

grass growth, where the main gear cross strut collided with a short

vertical stand pipe, hidden in taller grass, causing the airplane to

slowly nose over on its back.

The CFI stated that there were no mechanical malfunctions with the airplane in reference to the flight. His safety recommendation stated, "As instructor I should have acted earlier [and] more aggressively."

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot not maintaining directional control of the airplane during the landing and the flight instructor's delayed remedial action. A factor was the standpipe the airplane impacted when the airplane exited the runway.

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