NTSB Identification: ERA14LA212
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 26, 2014 in Taylorsville, NC
Aircraft: CHAMPION 7ECA, registration: N9122E
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 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 April 26, 2014, about 1239 eastern daylight time, a Champion 7ECA, N9122E was substantially damaged when it struck a riding mower during landing roll, shortly after landing at Taylorsville Airport (NC2), Taylorsville, North Carolina. The private pilot was uninjured. The mower operator was seriously injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, which departed from for Crossville Memorial Airport (CSV), Crossville, Tennessee.

According to the pilot, he departed CSV about 2 hours and 45 minutes prior to the accident and upon arriving at NC2, entered the left downwind leg of the traffic pattern for runway 08, and announced his position on Unicom. He did not however see the riding mower. After touch down on runway 08, "he lowered the tailwheel onto the ground" and then "saw" the riding mower about 150 feet in front of him. He then "slammed on the brakes" and the airplane's nose hit the ground and then slid with its nose on the ground until it "hit him." The airplane then nosed over, and came to rest on top of the riding mower. After the airplane came to rest, the pilot egressed out of "a window." The pilot could hear the mower operator "yelling" observed that the mower operator's left hand had been severed, and "called 911."

Examination of the riding mower revealed, that the riding mower was traveling east, parallel to the grass runway. Indicating that the mower operator would have been facing away from the airplane landing behind him, when he was struck by the airplane.

According to Federal Aviation Administration records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. His most recent application for a FAA third-class medical certificate was dated February 5, 2013. The pilot reported that he had accrued 824 total hours of flight experience on that date.

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