Accident Luscombe 8A N77859, Saturday 7 January 2012
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Date:Saturday 7 January 2012
Type:Silhouette image of generic L8 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Luscombe 8A
Registration: N77859
MSN: 3586
Total airframe hrs:3362 hours
Engine model:Continental A&C65 SERIES
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Umatilla Municipal Airport - X23, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:DeLand, FL (DED)
Destination airport:DeLand, FL (DED)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot stated that upon touchdown on the runway, the tailwheel-equipped airplane drifted to the left. The pilot applied right rudder to correct, but the airplane continued to travel to the left and departed the left side of the runway. The airplane contacted a ditch and nosed over and came to rest inverted, resulting in substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer and left wing. Postaccident examination revealed that the left main landing gear leg had collapsed and exhibited severe corrosion and evidence of a preexisting crack. The pilot also reported that the main gear strut failed because of cracks and corrosion.
Probable Cause: A failure of the left main landing gear due to a preexisting crack and corrosion, which resulted in a loss of directional control during landing.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ERA12CA140
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report


FAA register: (photo)


Revision history:

09-Jan-2012 13:51 Geno Added
09-Jan-2012 15:32 RobertMB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Mar-2012 09:43 Geno Updated [Source, Damage, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
27-Nov-2017 17:52 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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