Sunday, August 21, 2016

Cessna 180, N54AF: Incident occurred May 03, 2018 in Talkeetna and Accident occurred September 02, 2016 in Yakutat, Alaska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

Aircraft ground looped on landing damaging wing tip.

Date: 03-MAY-18
Time: 23:30:00Z
Regis#: N54AF
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 180
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Juneau, Alaska  

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Docket And Docket Items -   National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary -  National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

Location: Yakutat, AK
Accident Number: GAA16CA474
Date & Time: 09/02/2016, 1700 AKD
Registration: N54AF
Aircraft: CESSNA 180
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that during the landing roll on a grass field the airplane encountered standing water and nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing, the right wing strut, and the empennage.

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

The pilot reported as a safety recommendation to conduct a more thorough pre-landing reconnaissance of the intended landing zone.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's inadequate inspection of the off-airport landing area, which resulted in an encounter with standing water and a nose over. 


Personnel issues
Monitoring environment - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Water - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll
Nose over/nose down (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 61, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/12/2016
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/27/2015
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 14300 hours (Total, all aircraft), 990 hours (Total, this make and model), 14209 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 68 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 28.4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N54AF
Model/Series: 180 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 30943
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 3
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/01/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2550 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3874.6 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: C91A installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 10520ACC
Registered Owner: J. D. FLYING LLC
Rated Power: 235 hp
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAYA, 31 ft msl
Observation Time: 0053 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 24 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 120°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 10000 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 7°C
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots, 280°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Yakutat, AK
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Yakutat, AK
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1655 AKD
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 59.712222, -140.348056 (est)

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