On November 2, 2002, about 1530 central standard time, a Bellanca BL-17-30A Viking, N9558E, registered to Burrus and Associates, Inc., operating as a Title 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight, sustained a runway excursion during landing at St. Cloud County Airport, Pell City, Alabama. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The airplane received substantial damage, and the private-rated pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. The flight originated from the same airport about 30 minutes before the accident.

According to the pilot, he made a normal approach at St. Cloud County Airport. He stated he, "Flared plane out a little high. Pulled back on yoke and it settled down. The minute the plane hit the ground, it shot off to the left. Pushed in right rudder to get control. At that time I was in the grass and the rudder had no control. I ran across a ditch. This is when landing gear and prop were damaged."

According to an FAA inspector, the pilot was landing on runway 02, lost directional control, and the aircraft exited the runway to the left, into the grass, and continued on, through a ditch, which sheared off the nose and main landing gear. His examination of the airplane revealed that there was no mechanical failure of the aircraft components or systems, and that the pilot failed to control the airplane on the active runway. Reported surface winds at 1553 for the Birmingham area were from 350 degrees at 6 knots.

Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsis
Return to Query Page