Saturday, April 1, 2017

Cessna 182E Skylane, N2892Y: Accident occurred March 02, 2017 at Alpine-Casparis Municipal Airport (E38), Alpine, Brewster County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N2892Y 

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA172

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA172 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, March 02, 2017 in Alpine, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/15/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N2892Y
Injuries: 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, during final approach in gusting wind conditions at night, he reduced power and initiated a flare when he then heard the stall warning horn. He added that a “gust of wind caught [the] left wing,” which he attempted to recover with left aileron inputs. The nose landing gear bounced during touchdown, and he applied full power to go around when a gust of wind “pushed [him] right into desert.” The airplane bounced, impacted a fence, and came to rest inverted on the right side of the runway.

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

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

A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located on the airport revealed that, about 5 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 130° at 9 knots and that, about 15 minutes after the accident, the wind was from 140° at 10 knots, gusting to 17 knots. The airplane landed on runway 19.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s inadequate compensation for gusting crosswind conditions at night and his delayed go-around, which resulted in the airplane bouncing and impacting a fence.

The pilot reported that during final approach in gusting wind conditions at night, he reduced power and initiated a flare when he then heard the stall warning horn. He added that a "gust of wind caught [the] left wing", which he attempted to recover with left aileron inputs. The nose landing gear bounced during touchdown and he applied full power to go around when a gust of wind "pushed [him] right into desert". The airplane bounced, impacted a fence, and came to rest inverted on the right side of the runway.

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

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

A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located on the airport revealed that about 5 minutes before the accident the wind was 130° at 9 knots. The same weather observation station reported that about 15 minutes after the accident the wind was 140° at 10 knots, gusting to 17 knots. The airplane landed on runway 19.

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