Monday, May 23, 2016

Cessna 182L Skylane, N42553: Accident occurred May 21, 2016 in Calhan, El Paso County, Colorado 

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Denver FSDO-03

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA250
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 21, 2016 in Calhan, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/25/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N42553
Injuries: 1 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 reported that during a touch-and-go landing on a dirt airstrip, he encountered crosswind gusts during the landing flare. The pilot further reported that the flare was too high and during touchdown the airplane began to porpoise. Subsequently, the nose gear collapsed and the airplane nosed over. 

The vertical stabilizer and left wing sustained substantial damage.

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 incorrect pitch control during the landing flare in gusty crosswind conditions, which resulted in a hard landing and nose over.

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