On November 1, 2000, about 1520 eastern standard time, a Horne Bowers Flybaby, N4041A, registered to a private individual, operating as a Title 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight, crashed in the vicinity of Greer, South Carolina. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The experimental, amateur-built airplane received substantial damage, and the private-rated pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. The flight originated from the same airstrip about 20 minutes before the accident. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
According to the pilot, his landing resulted in an extended flare that touched down at about the mid-length point of the 1,800-foot runway and despite heavy braking on the grassy, down-sloped surface, ran off the runway end and into a fence.
According to an eyewitness to the accident, the flight's first approach resulted in a go-around due to being too high. The second approach was too fast, resulting in a touchdown beyond the mid-length of the runway. The aircraft continued beyond the runway end, collided with a perimeter fence, and nosed over into a drainage ditch.
According to an FAA inspector, the accident occurred in the Lake Cunningham area of Greer, South Carolina, at a private airstrip named Flying Few Airfield. Examination of the aircraft revealed a broken wooden propeller, leading edge damage to the wings, and buckling of the fuselage behind the cockpit. The pilot stated to him that he may not have closed the throttle all the way on landing.