Accident Skykits Corp Savannah VGW N472WM, 07 Jun 2014
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 166804
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Type:Silhouette image of generic SVNH model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Skykits Corp Savannah VGW
Owner/operator:Maykuth Gerald S
Registration: N472WM
MSN: 10-02-51-904
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Silver Creek Airport (40MT), Helena, MT -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Helena, MT (MT40)
Destination airport:Helena, MT (MT40)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot of the experimental, light sport aircraft reported that he was conducting touch-and-go landings and takeoffs at his private, turf-covered airstrip. During the seventh landing, the nosewheel folded back, the shaft dug into the ground, and the airplane nosed over, which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage, wings, and vertical stabilizer. Two of the four 1/4-inch-diameter bolts holding the nosewheel fork to the shaft were found sheared. The bolts appeared to have sheared under tension, indicating that an overload failure had occurred. The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical anomalies with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The overload failure of the nosewheel fork retaining bolts during landing, which resulted in a nose-over.


FAA register:

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

Revision history:

08-Jun-2014 03:36 Geno Added
08-Jun-2014 03:38 Geno Updated [Source, Embed code]
18-Jun-2014 23:12 Geno Updated [Time, Source]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
29-Nov-2017 15:02 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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