Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Cessna 182K Skylane, N2661Q, SSS Inc: Accident occurred October 28, 2017 in Skwentna, Alaska

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

SSS Inc:

Location: Skwentna, AK
Accident Number:GAA18CA052
Date & Time: 10/28/2017, 1000 AKD
Registration: N2661Q
Aircraft: CESSNA 182
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, while landing on an unimproved snow covered airstrip, he touched down in a configuration on the main landing gear "for a soft field landing". He added that, at about 10-15 miles per hour, he allowed the nose wheel to settle in the snow. Subsequently, the nose wheel broke through the crusted layer of snow and the airplane "lurched" forward coming to rest inverted.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 63, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/24/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/21/2016
Flight Time: (Estimated) 763 hours (Total, all aircraft), 570 hours (Total, this make and model), 691 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 42 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N2661Q
Model/Series: 182 K
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1967
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18257861
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/11/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2800 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3567.03 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-520 SERIES
Registered Owner: SSS INC
Rated Power: 280 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: PATK, 356 ft msl
Observation Time: 1753 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 41 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 44°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Temperature/Dew Point: 1°C / -1°C
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3300 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.31 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: PALMER, AK (4AK6)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination:  Skwentna, AK
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1000 AKD
Type of Airspace: Class G 

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:  61.843056, -151.110000 (est)

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