Monday, May 8, 2017

Cessna A185F Skywagon 185, N873SL: Accident occurred May 07, 2017 at Roben-Hood Airport (KRQB), Big Rapids, Mecosta County, Michigan

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

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

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA271
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation 
Accident occurred Sunday, May 07, 2017 in Big Rapids, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/31/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA A185, registration: N873SL
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 in the tailwheel-gear-equipped airplane reported that he was practicing takeoffs and landings and had accomplished a wheel landing on runway 27. During the landing roll, the tailwheel contacted the ground, and the airplane encountered a wind gust from the right. The pilot recalled that the right aileron was into the wind with left rudder and no power applied. The right wing rose, and the airplane began to weathervane. He added full engine power and full left rudder. The “right main” descended back to the ground, but the airplane exited the runway to the right. The airplane encountered a berm and became airborne. The airplane descended to the ground and spun about its nose to the left. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing spar and the left main landing gear attachment points.

The pilot reported that, when he checked the weather before he began practicing takeoffs and landings, the wind was from 320° at 10 knots but, about the time of the accident, the METAR reported that wind was from 350° at 15 knots gusting to 22 knots. The crosswind component was 18 knots. 

Per the National Transportation Safety Board Pilot Aircraft Accident Report, the pilot remarked that the accident could have been prevented by setting “personal limitations” and by checking the Automatic Terminal Information System “every two pattern practices.”

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

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s failure to obtain updated weather information while practicing takeoffs and landings and his subsequent failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll in gusting crosswind conditions.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N873SL


NTSB Identification: GAA17CA271
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, May 07, 2017 in Big Rapids, MI
Aircraft: CESSNA A185, registration: N873SL
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 in the tailwheel gear-equipped airplane reported that he had accomplished a wheel landing on runway 27. During the landing roll, the tailwheel contacted the ground and the airplane encountered a wind gust from the right. The pilot recalled that the right aileron was into the wind and with left rudder and no power applied. The right wing ascended and the airplane began to weathervane. He added full engine power and full left rudder. The right main descended back to the ground but the airplane exited the runway to the right. The airplane encountered a berm and became airborne. The airplane descended back to the ground and spun about the nose to the left. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing spar and the left main landing gear attachment points.

The METAR reported that about the time of the accident, wind was from 350 ° at 15 kts. gusting to 22 kts. The crosswind component was 18 kts.

Per the National Transportation Safety Board Pilot Aircraft Accident Report, the pilot remarked that the accident could have been prevented by setting personal limitations and by checking the Automatic Terminal Information System every 2 patterns.

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

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