On December 20, 1994, at 1355 Pacific standard time, a Luscombe 8E, N1217B, collided with an Intermountain Callair A-9, N7211V, while landing at the Hemet, California, airport. According to witness observations, the Luscombe was in the landing flare and bounced on touchdown; the pilot then lost control, drug a wing tip, and veered into the Callair A-9, which was on an adjacent taxiway performing an engine run-up. The Luscombe was owned and operated by the pilot and was concluding a local area personal flight. The Callair A-9 was owned and operated by Sailplane Enterprises, Inc., of Hemet, California, and was preparing to tow gliders aloft. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and included calm wind conditions. Both aircraft sustained substantial damage. The certificated private pilot and the one passenger on the Luscombe were not injured. The certificated commercial pilot and sole occupant of the Callair A-9 was not injured. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
According to ground witnesses and the Luscombe pilot's statement, the Callair A-9 was on a parallel taxiway to runway 23 facing away from the final approach course and performing an engine run-up. The Luscombe was in the landing flare when the pilot appeared to bounce, lose control, and drag the right wing tip on the ground. The Luscombe then veered off the runway and collided with the Callair from the rear.