Thursday, June 1, 2017

Cessna A185F Skywagon, N185FF: Accident occurred May 31, 2017 at Clovis Municipal Airport (KCVN), Curry County, New Mexico

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: GAA17CA313
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 31, 2017 in Clovis, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/03/2017
Aircraft: CESSNA A185, registration: N185FF
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, while landing in gusting crosswind conditions, as the tailwheel contacted the runway, the airplane “violently yawed” to the left. He added that he immediately applied full left aileron and full right rudder control inputs; however, the airplane ground looped to the left, and the right wing contacted the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing, right horizontal stabilizer, and 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 on the airport reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 150° at 11 knots, gusting to 14 knots. The pilot landed on runway 22.

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 in gusting crosswind conditions.

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

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N185FF

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA313
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 31, 2017 in Clovis, NM
Aircraft: CESSNA A185, registration: N185FF
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 while landing in gusting crosswind conditions, as the tailwheel contacted the runway, the airplane "violently yawed" to the left. He added that he immediately applied full left aileron and full right rudder control inputs, however, the airplane ground looped to the left and the right wing contacted the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing, right horizontal stabilizer, and 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 on the airport reported, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 150° at 11 knots, gusting to 14 knots. The pilot landed on runway 22.

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