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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 133690
Last updated: 9 March 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic L8 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Luscombe 8F Silveraire DeLuxe
Owner/operator:Samuel D. Lee
Registration: N1616Z
C/n / msn: S-72
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Falcon Field, Mesa, Arizona (FFZ/KFFZ)
Destination airport:Tucson International Airport, Tucson, Arizona (TUS/KTUS)
Investigating agency: NTSB
On August 18, 1998, at 17:36 hours MST (Mountain Standard Time), a Silvaire Luscombe 8F, N1616Z, veered off runway 3 while landing at the Tucson, Arizona, International Airport. The aircraft, which was destroyed, damaged an Air National Guard (ANG) fence, and substantially damaged an ANG security truck. The commercial pilot sustained serious injuries and the driver of the truck incurred minor injuries. The aircraft was owned and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 91 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and included winds from 280 degrees at 8 knots. The flight originated from Falcon Field, Mesa, Arizona at 1630. There was no flight plan filed for the personal flight. The pilot is a military aviator with the Arizona Air National Guard, stationed at the Tucson Airport, and flies the F-16.

In his written report, the pilot stated that during contact with the Tucson Air Traffic Control Tower, he had requested runway 3 for landing. The tower issued the requested clearance along with the wind direction and speed, which was 280 degrees at 7 knots. He said that just before the tail wheel touched the ground, the plane veered left and he applied right rudder to no avail. He went on to state that he applied full power for a go-around, rotated the aircraft, but the engine did not respond and he was unable to make a successful climb. He clipped the fence and collided with the roof of a parked security truck behind the first row of F-16's.

Witnesses reported that the aircraft landed fast on the main wheels, began veering left off the runway, became airborne, touched down in a dirt area, became airborne again, went through a chain link fence, and collided with an occupied security truck in the Arizona Air National Guard compound.

Following recovery of the aircraft to a salvage facility in Phoenix, Arizona, the Safety Board examined the airframe and engine. No discrepancies were noted with the airframe. With a supply of fuel plumbed into the aircraft fuel lines at the wing root, the engine was started and found to respond to throttle inputs.

PROBABLE CAUSE:The pilot's selection of the wrong runway for the wind conditions, his inadequate compensation for the existing quartering tailwind condition, and, his failure to maintain directional control.


1. NTSB Identification: LAX98LA270 at
2. FAA:

Revision history:

30-Aug-2016 14:07 Dr.John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Aug-2016 14:09 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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