Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Cessna 182D Skylane, N9021X: Fatal accident occurred October 02, 2017 at Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport (SIG), San Juan, Puerto Rico

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Miramar, Florida 

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


NTSB Identification: ERA18LA002
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, October 02, 2017 in San Juan, PR
Aircraft: CESSNA 182D, registration: N9021X
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On October 2, 2017, about 1048 Atlantic standard time, a Cessna 182D, N9021X, collided with terrain during landing at Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport (SIG), San Juan, Puerto Rico. The airplane was substantially damaged. The private pilot was fatally injured, and a pilot-rated passenger was seriously injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 91. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight. The flight originated at Cyril E. King Airport, Charlotte Amalie, United States Virgin Islands, about 1015.

According to air traffic control, the pilot was cleared to land on runway 9 behind a flight of two Blackhawk helicopters. While on short final for landing, the pilot was given clearance to land after the helicopters had cleared the runway at Bravo 4 intersection. The controller reported that the airplane touched down about 500 feet prior to Bravo 5 intersection, bounced, and came to rest in a grass infield, inverted. First responders were called, and the occupants were taken to a local hospital.

The owner of the airplane reported that the pilot flew the airplane from STT to SIG without his knowledge or permission. The pilot had previously flown the airplane to STT to keep it out of the path of Hurricane Irma.

According to photographs provided by the airport manager, the airplane came to rest inverted in a grass area adjacent to the runway. Structural damage was observed on the fuselage, empennage, and both wings. There was no fire. The wreckage was retained for further examination.

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