Thursday, May 19, 2016

Cessna 182Q Skylane, RNC Inc., N7610S: Accident occurred May 18, 2016 at Benton Field Airport (O85), Redding, Shasta County, California


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Sacramento FSDO-25

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA247
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 18, 2016 in Redding, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/25/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N7610S
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 solo student pilot reported that during the landing roll he encountered a wind shift and quartering tailwind gusts. The student pilot further reported that he lost directional control within the last 200 feet of runway remaining and the airplane departed the runway to the left. During the runway excursion, the airplane nosed over after rolling down a steep embankment. 

The fuselage and elevator were substantially damaged.

The student 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 student pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll in gusty wind conditions, which resulted in a runway excursion and nose over.

Firefighters are at Benton Airpark in Redding where a plane ran off the runway about 7:30 p.m. tonight.

The pilot refused medical treatment, according to scanner reports. The plane is upside down at the south end of the runway.

The pilot was the only occupant, according to Redding Fire Chief Gerry Gray. He was not injured and there was no fire, he said via Twitter.

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