Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Aeronca O-58B, Assend Dragon Aviation LLC, N47185: Accident occurred December 31, 2015 at Bulverde Airpark (1T8), San Antonio, Texas

ASSEND DRAGON AVIATION LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N47185 

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA101
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, January 31, 2016 in Bulverde, TX
Aircraft: AERONCA O-58B, registration: N47185
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.


On January 31, 2016, about 1100 central standard time, an Aeronca model O-58B single-engine airplane, N47185, was substantially damaged while landing at Bulverde Airpark (1T8), Bulverde, Texas. The commercial pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by Assend Dragon Aviation, LLC under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight without a flight plan. Day visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed at the time of the accident. The local area flight departed 1T8 at 1055.


According to the pilot, the local flight was operating in the airport traffic pattern and that the accident occurred during the second full-stop landing to runway 16 (2,890 feet by 40 feet, asphalt). The pilot reported that following a normal touchdown, during the landing rollout, the airplane suddenly veered to the left. The pilot corrected for the left swerve with the application of right rudder and brake. The airplane subsequently entered a right swerve. The pilot stated that the airplane did not respond to his application of left rudder and brake inputs. The pilot reported that there was a 15 foot descending embankment and trees situated off the right side of the runway. He stated that, in order to avoid a runway excursion, he lowered the left wing and intentionally ground looped the airplane to the right. The left wing contacted the runway surface during the ground loop.


A postaccident inspection revealed substantial damage to the left wing's forward and rear spars. An additional inspection revealed a fracture to the left main landing gear wheel casting. The wheel fracture was located along the inner bearing race shelf and resulted in the bearing being exposed. The left tire tread did not exhibit any abnormal wear or scuffing. The fractured wheel was retained for additional examination.


At 1051, the automated surface observing system (ASOS) at the San Antonio International Airport (SAT), located about 12 miles south of the accident site, reported: wind 230 degrees at 4 knots, surface visibility 10 statute miles, few clouds at 2,000 feet above ground level, temperature 19 degrees Celsius, dew point 14 degrees Celsius, and an altimeter setting of 29.88 inches of mercury. The pilot reported that the wind condition had been light-and-variable during the accident flight.


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA San Antonio FSDO-17

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