Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Avery Co/Morrison Field Airport

Spruce Pine, North Carolina 28777
Tuesady, November 18, 1997 15:00 EST

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
While on final approach 20 mph above the normal approach speed, the airplane floated and landed past the 1/3 portion of the runway. During the landing roll the pilot applied the brakes but the left brake locked up and the airplane veered off the left side of the runway then nosed over. Post accident examination of the right brake revealed that the brake to rotor clearance was greater than the adjustment limits. No determination could be made as to the reason for the left brake malfunction; however, when the airplane was uprighted and towed from the accident site, the left brake remained engaged.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The unintentional locking-up of the left brake for undetermined reasons resulting in the on ground loss of control. Contributing to the accident was the inability of the pilot to maintain directional control.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date11/18/1997 
Event Day of the WeekTuesday 
Time of Event1500 
Event Time ZoneEastern Standard Time 
Event CitySPRUCE PINE  
Event StateNORTH CAROLINA 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site28777  
Event Date Year1997 
Event Date Month11 
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude  
Event Location Longitude  
Event Location AirportAVERY CO/MORRISON FIELD  
Event Location Nearest Airport ID7A8  
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles-- 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation2750 
Weather Briefing CompletenessUnknown 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1453 Eastern Standard Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)119 
Weather Observation Facility IDHKY  
Elevation of weather observation facility1189 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)32 
Time Zone of the weather observationEST 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsClear 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)-5 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)180 
Variable Wind IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Speed (knots)
Wind Velocity Indicator Unknown 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots)
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 30 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of PrecipitationUnknown 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryNone 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries
On Ground, Minor Injuries
On Ground, Serious Injuries
Injury Total Fatal-- 
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All-- 
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)1795 
NTSB Notification Source-- 
NTSB Notification DateNov 18 1997 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time1630 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationIMAGE 
Date of most recent change to recordDec 8 2000 12:41PM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN45018 
NTSB NumberMIA98LA027  
Missing Aircraft Indicator
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?-- 
DamageSubstantial 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameNAVAL AIRCRAFT FACTORY  
Aircraft ModelN3N-3  
Aircraft Series IdentifierN3N-3  
Aircraft Serial Number2744  
Certified Max Gross Weight3400 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassU.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearFixed 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionAnnual 
Date of Last InspectionOct 10 1997 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection27 
Airframe Hours5579 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedYes 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameCECIL C. COOK  
Aircraft Owner Street Address708 NASSAU RD.  
Aircraft Owner CityCOCOA BEACH  
Aircraft Owner StateFL 
Aircraft Owner Country  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode32931  
Operator is an individual?-- 
Operator Name  
Operator Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?No 
Operator Street Address120 PINE RIDGE LOOP  
Operator CityNEWLAND  
Operator StateNC 
Operator Country  
Operator Zip code28657  
Operator Code  
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?No 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 OperationUnknown 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Personal 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventNo 
Departure Airport CodeGCY  
Departure CityGREENEVILLE  
Departure StateTN 
Departure Country  
Departure Time1425 
Departure Time ZoneEST 
Destination Same as Local Fltcrash at destination city 
Destination Airport Code7A8  
Destination City  
Destination State  
Destination Country  
Specific Phase of FlightLanding 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordJan 2 2001 10:34AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location16  
Runway Length3000 
Runway Width50 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--