Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Cessna R182 Skylane RG, 389 Fifth Street LLC, N9077C: Accident occurred May 16, 2016 in Lake City, Columbia County, Florida

389 FIFTH STREET LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N9077C

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Orlando FSDO-15

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA190
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, May 16, 2016 in Lake City, FL
Aircraft: CESSNA R182, registration: N9077C
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On May 16, 2016, about 1106 eastern daylight time, N9077C, a Cessna R182, sustained substantial damage when the main landing gear collapsed during a precautionary landing at Lake City Gateway Airport (LCQ), Lake City, Florida. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to a private company and operated by the pilot. A visual flight rules flight plan was filed for the flight that originated at Punta Gorda Airport (PGD), Punta Gorda, Florida, about 1000, and destined for DeKalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK), Chamblee, Georgia. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight conducted under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot stated that about 1-hour into the flight, the entire instrument panel "began flickering then went completely dead." He checked all of the circuit breakers and reset the avionics master switch, but was unable to restore electrical power. The pilot informed air traffic control of the electrical failure and that he would be making a precautionary landing at LCQ. He then reduced speed and extended the landing gear. The pilot said that when he visually checked the left main gear (pilot side) it appeared to be down and locked but, he was unable to verify because the gear down-and-locked light was not working due to the loss of electrical power. When the pilot arrived at LCQ, the control tower used light gun signals to instruct him to fly by the tower, after which, they cleared him to land with a solid green light signal. When the airplane touched down, the main gear collapsed and the nose gear remained extended. This resulted in substantial damage to the right horizontal stabilizer. Several antennas and the rightwing tip were also damaged.

A postaccident examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified mechanic revealed the main electrical contactor was burned and had shorted out internally. The part was original to the airplane and had accrued about 3,235 hours. 

The pilot held a private pilot certificate for airplane single-engine land. He reported a total of 369 hours, of which, 272 hours were in a Cessna R182.

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