The accident happened when a Highlander and a Taylorcraft were attempting to land at an airpark in Bryan, Ohio.
The passenger onboard the Highlander reported that it was approaching the runway to the east when the pilot noticed the Taylorcraft landing in the opposite direction on the same runway. The Highlander pilot added full power and made a hard left turn to avoid the Taylorcraft, but lost control of the Highlander and it crashed, killing the pilot and seriously injuring the passenger.
Investigators determined it is likely that because of the slow airspeed, the airplane entered an aerodynamic stall.
According to the pilot of the other airplane, during the landing flare, he noticed the Highlander landing in the opposite direction, so he aborted the landing and climbed straight ahead.
The passenger aboard the Highlander said the pilot was using the radio to make position reports during the approach. The pilot of the Taylorcraft stated that he was monitoring frequency 122.8 MHz.
Post-accident examination of the Highlander revealed that the radio was set to 122.5 MHz as the active position and 122.8 MHz in the standby position. Therefore, the pilot of the Taylorcraft would not have heard his radio communications.
At the time of the accident, the airpark did not have a common traffic advisory frequency for pilots to communicate on while operating at the air park. As a result of the investigation, the airpark management adopted 122.8 as the CTAF for pilots to communicate on while operating at the field.
The NTSB determined the probable cause as the pilot’s failure to maintain sufficient airspeed during a go-around, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall and subsequent impact with terrain.
NTSB Identification: CEN13LA244
This April 2013 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.