Monday, July 4, 2016

Cessna 182L Skylane, Windjox LLC, N42469: Accident occurred July 02, 2016 in Hungry Horse, Flathead County, Montana

Windjox LLC:

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Helena FSDO-05

Aviation Accident Final Report  -  National Transportation Safety Board:

Docket And Docket Items -  National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary -  National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA353
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 02, 2016 in Hungry Horse, MT
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/05/2016
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N42469
Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 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 he had landed at the accident airstrip previously in September of 2015 with no difficulty. He further reported that the airstrip had about 3000 feet of runway but about 400 feet was unusable for landing due to its roughness. 

The pilot reported that on his first landing attempt the approach speed was too fast and he elected to go-around. He estimated his approach speed during the accident landing about 80 miles per hour. The pilot further reported that the airplane touched down about 500 feet down the runway; he applied the brakes but was unable to stop prior to the end of the runway. The airplane overran the runway and impacted trees, which resulted in substantial damage to the left wing and fuselage. 

The pilot did not report any mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

After the pilot and passenger egressed from the wreckage the pilot observed that the grass runway was wet from the morning dew, and the grass was about 7 inches tall.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's decision to land on unsuitable wet terrain, and his failure to stop prior to the end of the runway, which resulted in a runway overrun and impact with tree(s).

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