Monday, May 16, 2016

Cessna 180H Skywagon, N2423F: Accident occurred May 14, 2016 in Wasilla, Alaska

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Anchorage FSDO-03

NTSB Identification: ANC16CA027
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 14, 2016 in Wasilla, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 180, registration: N2423F
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 stated that he was landing his tailwheel-equipped airplane on a gravel surfaced runway that had recently been graded on both sides, with excess dirt and gravel being deposited in the center of the runway. Upon touchdown the airplane veered sharply to the left, and the right wing impacted the runway's surface. The airplane continued to the left, exited the runway, and the right main tire gripped the paved surface of the adjacent runway causing the airplane to snap back to the right. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing and right aileron. The pilot stated that there were no preaccident mechanical anomalies 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 landing, which resulted in a collision with terrain. Contributing to the accident was the loose dirt and gravel deposited in the center of the runway.

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