Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Cessna 180J Skywagon, N9961N, Apex Aviation LLC: Accident occurred July 04, 2017 at Nashua Airport (KASH), Hillsborough County, New Hampshire

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine

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

Apex Aviation LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N9961N

NTSB Identification: ERA17CA245
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 04, 2017 in Nashua, NH
Aircraft: CESSNA 180, registration: N9961N
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 of the airplane reported that the en route portion of the cross-country flight was uneventful and conditions were "good." Following a normal approach and landing, he lost directional control of the airplane. The airplane ground-looped and came to rest at the right edge of the runway, in the grass. The left main landing gear separated from the fuselage and the left wing and propeller contacted the ground during the accident sequence.

A Federal Aviation Administration inspector examined the wreckage and reported that the airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and left wing. The pilot reported there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that would have precluded normal operation of the airplane.

NASHUA — A pilot was uninjured after ground looping his plane on the runway at the Nashua Airport Tuesday.

Nashua Fire and Rescue said they responded to the airport around 9:10 a.m. for a reported plane incident.

Upon arrival, they found a four-seat Cessna 180 aircraft leaning on its left side on a grassy area off the runway.

Officials said the single occupant had self-evacuated and reported no injuries.

A small fuel leak was quickly contained, and power to the aircraft was shut down to prevent possible fire ignition.

Officials said the pilot reported a landing gear failure as he was attempting to land and that the left side landing gear buckled upon touchdown, causing the aircraft to veer off the right side of the runway into a grass field.

The aircraft sustained damage to the left wing and landing gear and was moved to an on-site hangar.

The airport was closed until the plane was cleared by FAA to be removed from the runway.

The incident is currently under investigation by the FAA.


An aircraft carrying one passenger had a rocky landing at Nashua Airport at Boire Field on Tuesday morning.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a 1975 Cessna 180J ground looped while landing at the New Hampshire airport shortly after 9 a.m. A ground loop can occur when aircraft take off, land, or taxi, and can result in a loss of pilot control and horizontal pivoting of the airplane on the ground.

The Cessna ground loop caused the airplane to swerve onto a small grassy area to the right of a runway, according to Nashua Deputy Fire Chief George Walker. Walker and the FAA confirmed that the aircraft’s pilot was not injured in the accident.

Walker said the airplane suffered damage to its wing and underside including the landing gear, and a small fuel leak was contained. The incident left small scrapes on the runway.

Walker said the aircraft was moved to a nearby hangar at the airport after the accident, and the runway was cleared and set to reopen.

The single-engine airplane is registered to Apex Aviation LLC of Exeter, N.H. The FAA is investigating the incident.


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