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Cessna 182A, N3785D: Accident occurred September 20, 2014 at Bethany Airpark (8NK4), Genesee County, New York

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket  - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Bethany Center, NY
Accident Number: ERA14CA449
Date & Time: 09/20/2014, 0915 EDT 
Registration: N3785D
Aircraft: CESSNA 182A
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


According to the pilot, he was attempting a soft field landing on runway 27. Following a stable approach and landing, a gust of wind was encountered. The airplane veered to the right and the pilot was unable to stop the airplane before the right wing struck a windsock pole. An inspector from the Federal Aviation Administration examined the airplane and confirmed substantial damage to the right wing. The pilot reported no pre-impact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain a directional control of the airplane during gusting wind conditions.

Aircraft Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)
Environmental issues Gusts - 
Effect on operation
Pole - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll
 Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Runway excursion
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 23
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/04/2014
Occupational Pilot: Yes 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/27/2014
Flight Time: 329 hours (Total, all aircraft), 18 hours (Total, this make and model), 214 hours (Pilot In
Command, all aircraft), 44 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 12 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA 
Registration: N3785D
Model/Series: 182A 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1957 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: 
Normal Serial Number: 34485
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle 
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/14/2014, Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2950 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 30 Hours 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3900 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-470 SERIES
Registered Owner: TIMUUU INC
Rated Power: 230 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: ROC, 558 ft msl
Observation Time: 0854 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 23 Nautical Miles 
Direction from Accident Site: 30°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 6000 ft agl 
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 13°C
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 25000 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots/ 17 knots, 210° 
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg 
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Batavia, NY (GVQ) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Bethany Center, NY (8NK4) 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0900 EDT 
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: Bethany Airpark (8NK4) 
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 1000 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 27 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2800 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: 42.943333, -78.138333 (est)

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