Thursday, July 13, 2017

Cessna A185E Skywagon 185, registered to and operated by the pilot, N185LC: Accident occurred July 11, 2017 at Nampa Municipal Airport (KMAN), Canyon County, Idaho

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

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


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

http://registry.faa.gov/N185LC

Location: Nampa, ID
Accident Number: WPR17LA162
Date & Time: 07/11/2017, 1600 MDT
Registration: N185LC
Aircraft: CESSNA A185E
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 11, 2017, about 1600 mountain daylight time, a Cessna A185E airplane, N185LC, sustained substantial damage during the landing roll at Nampa Municipal Airport, Nampa, Idaho. The airline transport pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal cross-country flight. The flight departed Kooskia Municipal Airport, Kooskia, Idaho, about 1345 Pacific daylight time.

According to the pilot, during landing on runway 29, he was unable to maintain directional control of the tail-wheeled airplane after encountering a quartering tailwind gust from the right. The airplane subsequently ground looped and the left wing sustained substantial damage. At the time of the accident, the reported wind was from 350° magnetic at 11 knots, which calculated to a 10 knot, right crosswind. The pilot reported that he did not listen to the airport's automated weather observing system report, prior to landing.

Postaccident examination of the airplane, by a certified Airframe and Powerplant mechanic, under the supervision of a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed no anomalies with the tail wheel assembly, rudder, or control continuity with the rudder that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport
Age: 74, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/31/2017
Occupational Pilot:
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/10/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 5000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 75 hours (Total, this make and model), 2000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 4.1 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N185LC
Model/Series: A185E E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1972
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18502014
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/15/2016, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3350 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines:  Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2502 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-520_D
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 285 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: MAN, 2536 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1600 MDT
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 11 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 350°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: KOOSKIA, ID (S82)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Nampa, ID (MAN)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1345 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: NAMPA MUNI (MAN)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 2536 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 29
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5000 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None

Latitude, Longitude: 43.581389, -116.523056 (est)

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA162
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 11, 2017 in Nampa, ID
Aircraft: CESSNA A185E, registration: N185LC
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 11, 2017, about 1600 mountain daylight time, a Cessna A185E, N185LC, sustained substantial damage after a loss of directional control during the landing roll at Nampa Municipal Airport, Nampa, Idaho. The airline transport pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the cross-country flight. The flight departed from an unknown destination at an undetermined time.

According to the pilot, he was unable to maintain directional control of the tail-wheeled airplane during the crosswind landing due to the rudder potentially binding. Subsequently, the airplane ground looped and the airplane's left wing sustained substantial damage.

The airplane was recovered to a secure storage facility for further examination.

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