Monday, May 16, 2016

Cessna 180, C-GBLK; accident occurred May 15, 2016 at St. George Regional Airport (KSGU), Washington County, Utah and accident occurred October 20, 2012 at Chilliwack Airport, British Columbia -Kathryn's Report

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Salt Lake City FSDO-07

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA233
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, May 15, 2016 in St. George, UT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/14/2016
Aircraft: Cessna 180, registration: C-GBLK
Injuries: 3 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.

The pilot of a tailwheel-equipped airplane reported about 4 seconds into the landing roll the airplane veered to the left despite full rudder deflection applied to the right. The pilot further reported that he added power to correct for the deviation, but the airplane continued to the left, departed the runway, and ground looped. During the ground loop, the right main landing gear collapsed and the right wing was substantially damaged.

The pilot did not report any mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll, which resulted in a runway excursion, ground loop, right main landing gear collapse, and substantial damage to the right wing.

Cessna 180, C-GBLK: Accident occurred October 20, 2012 at Chilliwack Airport, British Columbia 

People check out a plane that crashed while landing at the Chilliwack Airport on October 20, 2012.

A Cessna 180 plane slid off the runway and into a ditch at Chilliwack Airport on October 20, 2012.

Terry Wilkins, assistant airport manager at Chilliwack Airport, said the Cessna was swept off the runway by a strong crosswind, went across a field, and into a ditch

Chris Gatsin witnessed the incident, and told Global BC he saw the plane flip a few times.

However, Wilkins said the plane did not flip.

Four people were on board, including the pilot, and all climbed out of the aircraft on their own.

Wilkins said they were checked at the scene by an ambulance, and were then released.

A crane was brought out to lift the aircraft out of the ditch, and it was then taken to a local maintenance shop.



CHILLIWACK (NEWS1130) - A small plane has crashed while landing at Chilliwack Municipal Airport.

Chris was driving eastbound on Highway 1 and called our newsroom just before 1:30 p.m. on October 20, 2012

"I was just driving along the freeway and I saw the plane approaching from the east and all of a sudden it went sideways -- there's quite a heavy crosswind here -- and it cartwheeled into the drainage ditch. I saw the two wings break off," he explains.

"[It] looked pretty horrific... to see the water spay and the wings break off," he adds. "The first thing I did was pull over and call 9-1-1 and report it. Shortly after, maybe a minute, I saw two people climb out over the bank onto the drainage canal, and a few minutes later two more got out."

BC Ambulance Service and Chilliwack RCMP both attended the scene.

No official word on any injuries. 

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