Airplane Nosed Over And Came To Rest Inverted, Resulting In Substantial Damage To The Wings And Fuselage

Location: Burt, NY Accident Number: ERA21LA356
Date & Time: September 13, 2021, 14:05 Local Registration: N8564
Aircraft: Waco GXE Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation – Personal

On September 13, 2021, about 1405 eastern daylight time, a Waco GXE, N8564, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Burt, New York. The airline transport pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, the airplane’s annual inspection was completed on the morning of the accident. During takeoff, the airplane departed the turf runway “normally,” and once it was in ground effect, it would not climb any further even though the “engine was producing power just fine.” He elected to land the airplane in a nearby field to avoid trees in the flight path.

During the landing, the airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted, which resulted in substantial damage to the wings and fuselage. The airframe and engine were recovered and will be examined.