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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 161452
Last updated: 23 January 2022
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Type:Silhouette image of generic WACF model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Classic Waco YMF
Registration: N62XX
MSN: F5-027
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Somerset Airport (KSMQ), Somerville, NJ -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Somerville, NJ (SMQ)
Destination airport:Somerville, NJ (SMQ)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot stated that she departed from runway 26, and flew over a local golf course, then turned to return to the departure airport where she entered the traffic pattern on the downwind leg for runway 26, flying between 75 and 80 knots. She descended to 800 feet and prior to turning base leg she slowed to between 65 and 70 knots, which she maintained on base and final. She turned onto base leg and descended to 500 feet and at that altitude turned onto final approach for runway 26 slowing at touchdown. She performed a wheel landing a few feet farther along the runway than typical or "a little long" which she described as abeam the western edge of the hangars. The airplane travelled onto a portion of the runway that causes undulations and with aft stick applied after encountering the undulations, she tapped the brakes. The airplane then nosed over. She further reported that there was nothing mechanically wrong with the airplane that caused the nose over, and the area of the runway where the undulations were located also was not the cause of the accident.

Various video recordings depicted the approach and nose-over sequence; however, the actual touchdown point was not captured.

An individual at the accident airport provided a reference for where the airplane came to rest, which was located before a diagonal line that is visible in a Google Earth image.

Plotting on Google Earth of the pilot reported touchdown point indicates that position was located about 800 down the 2,200 foot long grass runway, which has the west 500 feet described as being unsuitable for takeoff or landing due to uneven surface. Therefore, the pilot reported touchdown point occurred nearly halfway down the usable length of runway. Although the exact location where the airplane came to rest was not documented, based on video recording, that was located about 500 feet from the pilot reported touchdown point.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain aircraft control while applying wheel brakes during landing roll resulting in the airplane nosing over.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

15-Oct-2013 23:06 Geno Added
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
29-Nov-2017 09:18 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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