Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Cessna 180J, N180LP: Accident occurred August 28, 2017 in Gaylord, Bagley Township, Otsego County, Michigan

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama

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


NTSB Identification: CEN17FA332
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, August 28, 2017 in Gaylord, MI
Aircraft: CESSNA 180J, registration: N180LP
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On August 28, 2017, about 1312 eastern daylight time, a float-equipped Cessna 180J airplane, N180LP, impacted trees and terrain during a forced landing near Gaylord, Michigan. The private pilot and his passenger were seriously injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 without a flight plan. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight that departed Otsego Lake, Michigan, about 1250.

The pilot reported that after departing Otsego Lake he flew north toward the Gaylord Regional Airport (GLR) to fly a practice instrument landing system approach to runway 9. After the practice approach, he flew toward his private airstrip located about 5 miles southeast of GLR. He reported that the airplane experienced a total loss of engine power and the propeller stopped rotating as he was completing a series of turns near his airstrip. The pilot stated that before the loss of engine power the airplane was at least 500 ft above ground level (agl) and the engine was operating at 2,300 rpm and 23 inches of manifold pressure. Additionally, he stated that the engine did not sputter, bang, or run rough before the loss of engine power. The pilot reported that the airplane collided with trees during the forced landing. When asked how much fuel was on-board before the flight, the pilot estimated that the main fuel tanks contained about 45 gallons total, and that both 17-gallon auxiliary fuel tanks were completely full. Additionally, the pilot stated that he does not operate the engine with carburetor heat engaged above 17 inches of manifold pressure.

The passenger reported that they circled the pilot's private airstrip a couple of times to view the property. While circling over the airstrip, the pilot and passenger observed and discussed how the fuel gauges fluctuated while the airplane was in a sustained turn with partially full fuel tanks. The passenger reported that the engine quit while the airplane was in a turn, and that the airplane collided with trees as the pilot attempted to land at the airstrip. The passenger stated that the airplane came to rest inverted, and that a first responder assisted him in getting out of the airplane.

There were no eyewitness to the accident; however, there were numerous witnesses who reported hearing the airplane's engine running rough immediately before the crash. One witness reported hearing the airplane's engine operation fluctuate between "sputtering" and "revving" before it lost total power.

An on-scene investigation established that the airplane initially collided with a 50 ft tall white pine tree, followed by a 30 ft tall birch tree, and came to rest inverted about 155 ft from the initial tree impact. The wreckage debris path was on a northeast heading. There were at least two branches that exhibited flat cuts and black paint transfer that were consistent with a propeller strike. Flight control cable continuity was confirmed from the cockpit controls to the individual flight control surfaces. The wing flaps were found fully retracted. The engine throttle control was out about 1.5 inches, the propeller control was out about 1/2 inch, and the mixture control was in the full rich position. The carburetor heat control was in the "OFF" position. The recording tachometer indicated 3,951.42 hours.

With the airplane still inverted, about 3/4 cup of fuel was drained from the supply line between the fuel flow transducer and the carburetor. The recovered fuel was blue in color and free of any contamination. Additionally, the fuel strainer assembly leaked fuel as it was opened. The fuel strainer screen was clear of debris. The inverted carburetor was removed from the engine and its accelerator pump discharged fuel when actuated. The carburetor fuel bowl contained several ounces of fuel. No anomalies were observed with the carburetor floats, needle valve, venturi, or inlet fuel screen. When the airplane was recovered to an upright position, fuel was observed to drain from the fractured fuel lines located in the aft door posts. Recovered fuel samples were blue in color and free of any contamination. The fuel selector was found in the "BOTH" position, and a functional test revealed no anomalies with the fuel selector. The airplane was equipped with an electronic fuel flow indicator, which displayed 69.2 gallons remaining and 24.8 gallons had been used since the device was last reset. The electronic fuel flow indicator was configured to use 60 gallons for the combined capacity of the main fuel tanks and 34 gallons for the auxiliary tanks, for a total fuel capacity of 94 gallons.

The engine remained partially attached to the firewall by control cables, electrical wires, and oil lines. Mechanical continuity was confirmed from the engine components to their respective cockpit engine controls. Internal engine and valve train continuity was confirmed as the engine crankshaft was rotated. Compression and suction were noted on all cylinders in conjunction with crankshaft rotation. A boroscope inspection did not reveal any anomalies with the cylinders, pistons, valves, or valve seats. The spark plugs were removed and exhibited features consistent with normal engine operation. Both magnetos provided spark on all leads when rotated. There were no obstructions between the air filter housing and the carburetor. The two-blade constant speed propeller remained attached to the crankshaft flange. The propeller exhibited minor burnishing on the cambered-side of both blades. One blade appeared straight. The other propeller blade exhibited a slight twist toward low pitch near the blade tip, and the blade tip was bent slightly forward. The postaccident examination revealed no evidence of a mechanical malfunction or failure that would have precluded normal engine operation. The engine was retained for an operational test at the manufacturer.

At 1253, the automated surface observing system located at Gaylord Regional Airport (GLR) reported: variable wind direction at 4 knots; a broken ceiling at 1,700 ft above ground level (agl) and an overcast ceiling at 9,000 ft agl; 10 miles surface visibility; temperature 18°C; dew point 14°C; and an altimeter setting of 30.13 inches of mercury.

GAYLORD, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU)-- A 77-year-old pilot and a 70-year-old passenger are recovering after a plane crash in Gaylord.

A single-engine Cessna 180 crashed Monday afternoon near Michaywé Pines Golf Course in Gaylord.

According to Michigan State Police, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration just interviewed the pilot at his hospital bed Tuesday afternoon.

State Police say the pilot told investigators he was taking his friend up for a ride to his place on Otsego Lake where he has a float plane hangar. The pilot said his plane had engine trouble and his prop "just stopped."

The area where the pilot tried to land the plane was on his property so he was familiar with the area. Even though the plane had floats on it and no wheels, the pilot had no other options other than attempting to land the plane, which led to the crash.

Michigan State Police say this is the pilot's third plane crash. The pilot's nickname is "lucky".

We're told the 77-year-old pilot is recovering. He has a laceration on his chin and a few other minor injuries, but nothing life threatening.

We're also told the 70-year-old passenger has a broken leg. 

Story, video and photo gallery ➤ http://upnorthlive.com

A pilot and his passenger are hospitalized after their plane crashed in a field.

State police say it happened just a few hours ago near Gaylord.

They say the plane went down near Brink Trail, crashing into a field and flipping upside down.

Glass, debris and parts to the plane are scattered across the field. The wing looks like it was torn in half.

Troopers say the pilot clipped a tree before crashing into the field and turning upside down.

The trooper who first responded says the pilot and passenger were both older men.

They were conscious and talking when he arrived on scene.

Both were taken to Otsego Memorial Hospital and the pilot was eventually airlifted to another hospital for his injuries.

“The pilot was laying down, the passenger was sitting up, like I said both were able to communicate who they were and had their wits about them, but being in a plane crash they were injured,” Ron Rabineau, Michigan State Police Gaylord said.

The cause of the crash is still unknown.

Troopers say the FAA will investigate this on scene Tuesday.

We’re still working to find out where this plane took off from, and where it was headed.

Story, video and photo gallery ➤ http://www.9and10news.com

BAGLEY TWP. — A small plane with two people in it crashed Monday afternoon in a field off Ramona Trail near the Michayw√© Pines golf course in Bagley Township in Otsego County.

Officials on scene said the plane's pilot and a passenger were both alert and speaking when found by emergency personnel. Both were taken on a stretcher to Otsego Memorial Hospital.

The crash was called into emergency personnel around 1:15 p.m. after the plane, a Cessna 180, hit a couple of trees before landing in the field upside down. No cause of crash has been determined yet.

Casey Buckleitner lives near the location of the crash and heard it.

"I heard some revving and sputtering, and thought it might be construction equipment, but was kind of high up in the air," Buckleitner said. "My dad is a pilot and local guys take note of this strip in case they have engine trouble."

Jerry Peck, a 70-year-old from Bagley Township, owns a storage building nearby.

"I heard the sputtering and spitting and then a hellacious crash noise," he said. "Then my neighbor came by and said a plane just crashed."

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.petoskeynews.com


Ray Johnston said...

"Lucky"? Remind me to never fly with him if he ever does again. I don't want to be in a single accident ever!

Anonymous said...

I don't think that word means what they think it means.

Anonymous said...

Many pilots fly their entire life without a single incident or accident. This guy has had three, perhaps we should call him "Mister, don't ever get near an airplane again" because Luck has nothing to do with it.

Anonymous said...

I knew this guy. Surprised he's lasted this long. Ripped off every mechanic from Mi to Fl.