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Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Casper, Wyoming
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Continental Motors, Inc.; Mobile, Alabama
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NTSB Identification: CEN17LA025
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, October 23, 2016 in Buffalo, WY
Aircraft: CESSNA 182Q, registration: N97878
Injuries: 1 Serious.
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 October 23, 2016, at 1010 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 182Q single-engine airplane, N97878, impacted terrain following a loss of control during takeoff from a private airstrip near Buffalo, Wyoming. The private pilot, who was the sole occupant, sustained serious injuries, and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage. The airplane was registered to Garland Air LLC, Buffalo, Wyoming, and operated by a private individual as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and a flight plan was not filed. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.
According to local authorities who spoke with the pilot, the pilot reported that during takeoff from the private grass/turf airstrip, which was about 1,200 feet in length, the airplane veered to the left at the departure end of the runway. The pilot attempted to correct to the right, but the airplane impacted a metal post, went down an embankment, and impacted terrain. The airplane came to rest inverted and the pilot exited the airplane. The pilot stated that all engine instruments were in the "green" during the takeoff roll.
Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed the fuselage, both wings, and empennage were buckled and bent. The engine crankshaft fractured near the propeller hub, and the propeller assembly came to rest in the debris field. The engine remained partially attached to the airframe and was crushed aft into the fuselage.