Thursday, June 02, 2016

Cessna 182P Skylane, N21242: Accident occurred June 01, 2016 at Elk River Airport (ID85), Clearwater County, Idaho

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Spokane FSDO-13

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA271
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 01, 2016 in Elk River, ID
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/31/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N21242
Injuries: 1 Minor, 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 takeoff with a tailwind, about 20-30 feet above the ground, the airplane aerodynamically stalled then impacted the ground. 

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

According to the pilot there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation. 

The Federal Aviation Administration has published the Airplane Flying Handbook FAA-H-8083-3A (2004). This handbook discusses stalls and states in part:

The key to stall awareness is the pilot's ability to visualize the wing's angle of attack in any particular circumstance, and thereby be able to estimate his/her margin of safety above stall. This is a learned skill that must be acquired early in flight training and carried through the pilot's entire flying career. The pilot must understand and appreciate factors such as airspeed, pitch attitude, load factor, relative wind, power setting, and aircraft configuration in order to develop a reasonably accurate mental picture of the wing's angle of attack at any particular time. It is essential to flight safety that a pilot takes into consideration this visualization of the wing's angle of attack prior to entering any flight maneuver.

Stall accidents usually result from an inadvertent stall at a low altitude in which a recovery was not accomplished prior to contact with the surface.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot exceeded the critical angle of attack during takeoff which resulted in an aerodynamic stall and impact with terrain.

ELK RIVER, Idaho -  Deputies with the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office say no one was injured after a small plane crashed at the Elk River Airstrip Wednesday morning.

The pilot, identified as 67-year-old John Hartnett from Spokane, and his passenger, 66-year-old Brian Scott of Sagle, Idaho, were on their way to Moose Creek Airstrip for a fishing trip when they stopped in Elk River. Hartnett said he was practicing a soft field take off when the Cessna 182 stalled and struck the ground.

Both men were wearing seatbelts and were not injured. 

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been contacted and the plane will be removed on Thursday. The airstrip is not closed, but may be closed when the plane is removed.

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