Accident Beechcraft C23 Sundowner N24690, Tuesday 7 January 2020
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Date:Tuesday 7 January 2020
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE23 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Beechcraft C23 Sundowner
Registration: N24690
MSN: M-1435
Year of manufacture:1973
Total airframe hrs:2583 hours
Engine model:Lycoming O-360
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Norfolk, VA -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Norfolk, VA (CPK)
Destination airport:Norfolk, VA (CPK)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The flight instructor reported that he was providing instruction to the private pilot who had recently purchased a share in the airplane. They had been practicing landings and had felt wind gusts on the previous landings. Just before the airplane touched down for the fifth practice landing, a wind gust lifted the left wing, and the airplane was pushed right. The pilot attempted to correct for the gust, but the airplane bounced on all three landing gear and became airborne. The instructor told the pilot to add power and go around. Another wind gust pushed the airplane further right, and the airplane was now "clearly in a loss of control state." The instructor took the controls, but the airplane was already in a full stall with full power and full flaps extended. The airplane impacted ground adjacent to the runway.

The pilot stated that, when the airplane touched down, a wind gust pushed the airplane right. The instructor yelled for full power and said, "my airplane." The wind pushed the airplane further right and the airplane impacted a ditch and spun around on the propeller. The left-wing spar fitting sustained substantial damage. The underside of the fuselage aft of the firewall, the propeller, and the nosewheel were also damaged. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot receiving instruction's failure to maintain airplane control during landing with a crosswind, which resulted in a bounced landing, and the flight instructor's delayed remedial action, which resulted in a loss of control during the go-around.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ERA20CA072
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 7 months
Download report: Final report




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01-Sep-2020 16:54 ASN Update Bot Added

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