Thursday, April 13, 2017

Cessna 180F, N2144Z: Accident occurred April 11, 2017 in Kenai, Alaska

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA231
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 11, 2017 in Kenai, AK
Aircraft: CESSNA 180, registration: N2144Z
Injuries: 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 landing as the tailwheel was settling on the runway, there was an "apparent change in wind direction" and the airplane veered left. He attempted to apply correction with right rudder and right brake, but the airplane continued off the left side of the runway and ground looped.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing, the right horizontal stabilizer and the elevator.

The pilot reported that there were no pre-accident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The automated weather observation system on the accident airport, about the time of the accident, reported the wind at 300° at 9 knots. The pilot landed on runway 2L.

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