CHI00LA106
CHI00LA106

On April 7, 2000, at 1418 central daylight time, a Piper PA-22-160, N8943D, piloted by a private pilot, sustained substantial damage during a nose-over while conducting taxi operations at the Rosecrans Memorial Airport, Saint Joseph, Missouri. Visual metrological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The personal flight was operating under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 91 and was not on a flight plan. The pilot, the sole occupant, reported no injuries. The flight departed Tulsa, Oklahoma, at 1125.

According to Rosecrans Memorial Airport Air Traffic Control (ATC) personnel, the pilot was cleared to land on runway 31 and was given a taxi clearance to the ramp. According to ATC personnel, who witnessed the accident, as the airplane taxied to join taxiway B the tail lifted-up, and the airplane nosed-over.

The pilot reported that, "I used aileron deflections, turning into a quartering headwind and away from a quartering tailwind. When I came to my left turn from 090 to 360 onto taxiway Alpha, I reduced power somewhat, though not all the way. At the midpoint of the turn, when the wind was directly perpendicular to the left side of the fuselage, the tail began to rise. Soon the prop [propeller] began digging into the taxiway. According to a witness the plane went up on its nose, spun 90 degrees and fell over."

The pilot continued to report, "I remember much training on use of ailerons during taxi, however I don't remember a lot of emphasis on the fact that higher power should be used to keep the tail down. Taildragger pilots seem to be a lot more familiar with that aspect. My power reduction for the 90 degree turn may have made it easier for the tail to rise."

A special weather observation was taken, subsequent to the accident, and the wind was reported to be 310-degrees magnetic at 40 knots gusting to 46 knots.

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