Thursday, August 31, 2017

Cessna 140, N140X: Accident occurred August 30, 2017 in Empire, Washoe County, Nevada

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA193
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 30, 2017 in Empire, NV
Aircraft: CESSNA 140, registration: N140X
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 August 30, 2017, about 1000 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 140, N140X, was substantially damaged during a precautionary landing on a dirt road in Empire, Nevada. The pilot/owner was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The private pilot was not injured; the airplane sustained substantial damage. The personal cross-country flight originated from Gerlach, Nevada about 0930 with a planned destination of Bishop, California. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed

The pilot stated that about 20-25 minutes after departure, he smelled a bad odor and noticed the engine's oil temperature gauge was indicating that it was hotter than normal. In an effort to avoid having the engine seize while in flight, the pilot opted to perform a precautionary landing. He selected an empty dirt road that had an uphill gradient. After touchdown, the airplane bounced and a wind gust lifted the airplane to the right of the road. As the pilot applied full power, the right main landing gear wheel contacted the edge of the road and sheared off. The airplane could not out-climb the rising terrain of the road and the remainder of the right main landing gear dug into the dirt. The airplane made 180-degree turn and came to rest with the right-wing tip on the ground. During the accident sequence, the right-wing spar sustained damage.

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