Thursday, April 13, 2017

Cessna 180F, N2144Z: Accident occurred April 11, 2017 at Kenai Municipal Airport (PAEN), Alaska

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N2144Z

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA231
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 11, 2017 in Kenai, AK
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/20/2017
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 and as the tailwheel was settling on the runway, there was an “apparent change in wind direction,” and the airplane veered left. He attempted to correct by applying right rudder and 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 preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

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

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll with crosswind conditions. 

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.

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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