Sunday, May 28, 2017

Cessna A185E Skywagon 185, N2262T: Accident occurred May 27, 2017 at Fall River Mills Airport (O89), Fall River Mills, Shasta County, California

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California


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

http://registry.faa.gov/N2262T

Location: Fall River Mills, CA
Accident Number: GAA17CA310
Date & Time: 05/27/2017, 1310 PDT
Registration: N2262T
Aircraft: CESSNA A185
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis


The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the landing roll, the airplane "went hard right and with full left rudder and break [,they] could not bring it back around". The airplane veered off the runway to the right, the left main landing gear collapsed, and the left wing impacted the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll.

Findings

Aircraft
Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Runway excursion
Landing gear collapse

Dragged wing/rotor/float/other

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 59, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/16/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/08/2015
Flight Time: (Estimated)

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor
Age: 39, Female
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/10/2016
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/25/2017
Flight Time: (Estimated) 2406 hours (Total, all aircraft), 17 hours (Total, this make and model), 2140 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 60 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N2262T
Model/Series: A185 E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1968
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 185-1420
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/09/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3350 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1926.35 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-520-D
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 300 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: NA
Observation Time:  PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable/ 10 knots, Variable
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting:
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: CHESTER, CA (O05)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Fall River Mills, CA (O89)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1240 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Airport: FALL RIVER MILLS (O89)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 3328 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 02
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5000 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 41.014167, -121.437778 (est)




FALL RIVER MILLS, Calif. - A California Highway Patrol aircraft was flying from Alturas to Redding on Saturday when it noticed an aircraft that had crash landed at Totten Air Field in Fall River Mills. 

CHP Officer Andrew Lockwood landed his aircraft to assist the pilot and passenger.

The aircraft, a 1968 Cessna 185 Skywagon, had been purchased three days before the crash by the pilot, Jerry Jones, 59. Officials noted that Jones has been a certified pilot for at least two years. Jones was flying with Heather Jay, 39, who has been a pilot since 2009 and a certified flight instructor since 2015. Jones and Jay are both residents of Butte County. 

According to the pair, just after 1 p.m., Jones had successfully landed the aircraft on the runway. However, as the plane began to slow down, a gust of wind from the southeast hit the aircraft on the right side. Jones attempted to counteract the wind, but the aircraft performed a sudden "ground loop" and landed on one side. 

This crash collapsed the left landing gear, left wing and propeller. Both Jones and Jay were able to walk way from the accident without injury. 

Original article can be found here:   http://www.krcrtv.com




The California Highway Patrol is used to checking on traffic accidents, but a CHP pilot Saturday took the agency's mission one step further when he landed to assist another pilot who had an accident at the Fall River airport.

Officer Andrew Lockwood was flying a CHP aircraft from Alturas to Redding when he spotted what appeared to be a plane accident about 1:15 p.m. Saturday, according to the Shasta County Sheriff's Office.


Lockwood landed at the Totten Air Field in Fall River Mills to help the pilot and his passenger, then notified deputies who took over the investigation.


Pilot Jerry Jones, 59, said he had bought the 1968 Cessna 185 Skywagon three days ago and has been a certified pilot for two years. He was flying with passenger Heather Jay, 39, who has been a pilot since 2009 and a certified flight instructor for about two years.


Jay said Jones made a "very nice" landing on the runway just after 1 p.m., but as the plane began to slow down a strong gust of wind pushed against the plane's right side.


Jones used his brake and left rudder to try to control the plane, but the wind caused the aircraft to make a ground loop and land on its side, the sheriff's office said.


Jones and Jay were able to walk away uninjured, but the plane's left landing gear, left wing and propeller were damaged.        


Original article can be found here: http://www.redding.com


On Saturday, May 27, 2017, at 1:13 p.m. a California Highway Patrol aircraft was flying from Alturas to Redding. As the CHP aircraft flew over Totten Air Field in Fall River Mills, California, the officer saw what appeared to be an aircraft accident on the airfield. CHP Officer Andrew Lockwood landed his aircraft to assist the pilot and passenger. Officer Lockwood then notified dispatch, at which time the Sheriff’s Office took over the investigation.

The aircraft was a 1968 Cessna 185 Skywagon, which had just been purchased three days prior by the pilot in this incident, a Jerry Jones (age 59). Jones has been a certified pilot for at least two years. Jones’ passenger was Heather Jay (age 39). Jay has also been a pilot since 2009 and a certified flight instructor since 2015. Both Jones and Jay are residents of Butte County.

 Sometime just after 1:00 PM, Jones had successfully landed the aircraft on the runway. Jay had described the landing as “very nice.” However, as the plane began to decelerate, a gust of wind from the southeast hit the aircraft on the right side. Jones attempted to counteract the wind by utilizing both the left rudder and brake, but the aircraft performed a sudden “Ground Loop” and landed on one side. This collapsed the left landing gear, left wing and propeller. Jones and Jay were able to walk away from the accident without injury.

Original article can be found here:   http://eastvalleytimes.com
















AIRCRAFT:   1968 Cessna A185E; N2262T; sn 185-1420

ENGINE - M&M, S/N: Continental IO-520-D   sn 572063

PROPELLER – M&M, S/N:   Hartzell PHC-C3YF-1RF/F8468A-6R  sn EE4628B

APPROXIMATE TOTAL HOURS (estimated TT & TSMO from logbooks or other information):

ENGINE:   1823 TT     740 SMOH                 

PROPELLER:    385  TT                                   

AIRFRAME:  1926 TT                                  

 OTHER EQUIPMENT:  PS Engineering PMA 6000-C, Garmin GMX200, Garmin GNS430W, TKM MX170B, King KT76A, S-Tec 55x

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  Aircraft ground looped during landing.

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:    Damage includes, but not limited to prop strike, lower cowling, LH forward fuselage/boot cowl, LH gear leg and gear box, LH wing, LH aileron, LH horizontal stabilizer, LH elevator.

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:    Plain Parts; Pleasant Grove, CA 

REMARKS: Sold AS IS/WHERE IS.  Aircraft is disassembled

Read more here:  http://www.avclaims.com/N2262T.htm

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