Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Cessna 182L Skylane, N42667: Accident occurred March 10, 2015 at Waycross-Ware County Airport (KAYS), Georgia

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;   Atlanta, Georgia 

NTSB Identification: ERA15CA152
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 10, 2015 in Waycross, GA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/11/2015
Aircraft: CESSNA 182L, registration: N42667
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

According to the pilot, the runway he intended to depart from was parallel to the taxiway and parking ramp. He assumed that after making
two right turns he would be on the runway. He reported that he did not have any airport diagrams to navigate with, while operating on the airport movement area. Following his second right turn he noticed a runway sign, announced his intention to depart over the common traffic advisory frequency, taxied onto what he assumed was the runway, observed "faded yellow chevrons," and added power for takeoff. During the takeoff roll the pilot observed crossing the runway he assumed he was on, and the paved surface he was on was ending. He retarded the throttle and applied brakes. The airplane exited the paved surface and nosed over, coming to rest inverted; which resulted in substantial damage to the fuselage, left wing, and vertical stabilizer. The pilot reported no mechanical abnormalities or malfunctions that would have precluded normal operation. The airport diagram, and the pilot's own drawing of the accident event, revealed the need to make three right turns prior to being on the runway. According to a Federal Aviation Administration inspector, that traveled to the accident location, the runway was "clearly identifiable" and the markings were visible.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to use any airport guidance while taxiing, which resulted in geographic disorientation and a takeoff attempt from an inadequate length and unsuitable surface.

A passenger was slightly injured Tuesday when a single-engine plane flipped about 3 p.m. during an attempted takeoff at the Ware County Airport, Sheriff Randy Royal said.

Debashish Banerjee, 63, of Silva, N.C., had landed his Cessna 182L Skylane during a flight from Franklin, N.C., to Labelle, Fla., and refueled at the airport, Royal said. Confused about the airport's layout, Banerjee attempted to take off from a taxiway, which is shorter than the runway, Royal said.

"He had fully committed to takeoff when he realized he was running out of pavement. He tried to swerve the airplane onto a dirt surface,'' Royal said.

The plane traveled about 60 feet on the grass before its nose gear dug into the ground and the plane flipped onto its top, Royal said.

The passenger, Bob Genes, 83, also of Silva and also a pilot, suffered a small laceration on his forehead, but was treated by Ware County EMS at the scene and declined transport to the hospital, Royal said.

Banerjee was not injured, he said

There was no fuel leakage.

Ware County Deputy Paul Carter conducted the initial investigation, and the aircraft was secured in place awaiting Wednesday's arrival of the National Transportation Board for its investigation.

WARE COUNTY, Ga. — The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate after a plane flipped over after a failed takeoff at the Waycross-Ware County Airport on Tuesday afternoon.

The Ware County Sheriff's Office got a call at 3 p.m. about a Cessna 182L Skylane that overturned at the airport, according to Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the pilot, 63-year-old Debasish Banerjee from Sylva, N.C., was attempting to take off from a taxiway he thought was a runway.

After Banerjee had fully committed to takeoff, he realized the taxiway was too short and he swerved into a dirt field, traveling about 60 feet before the nose gear dug into the ground, causing the plane to overturn.

There was one passenger on board, 83-year-old Bob Genes from Sylva, N.C., who suffered a small laceration on his forehead and was treated at the scene. Banerjee was not injured, Royal said.

The plane had just refueled and had 80 gallons of fuel on board. It was on its way from Franklin County, N.C. to LaBelle, Fla.

The area has been secured for the NTSB to conduct its investigation on Wednesday.

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