Sunday, January 14, 2018

Cessna 180, N399F, registered to and operated by a private individual: Accident occurred December 03, 2017 at Frederick Municipal Airport (KFDK), Maryland

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Frederick, MD
Accident Number: ERA18LA043
Date & Time: 12/03/2017, 1527 EST
Registration: N399F
Aircraft: CESSNA 180
Injuries: 4 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 3, 2017, about 1527 eastern standard time, a Cessna 180, N399F, was substantially damaged while landing at the Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK), Frederick, Maryland. The pilot, pilot-rated passenger, and two additional passengers sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. No flight plan was filed for the flight that departed Massey Aerodrome (MD1), Massey, Delaware, about 1430.

A witness stated that the tailwheel-equipped airplane made a "shallow" bounce when it first touched down on runway 30. When the airplane touched down again, the left main tire blew. The airplane's left wing then dipped down and dragged on the runway surface for about 20-30 ft before the airplane went up on its nose and came to a rest.

Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed the firewall and an engine mount were substantially damaged. The propeller, the spinner, the left main tire, and the left-wing tip were also damaged.

The left main tire was retained for further examination.

At 1525, the weather at FDK was reported as wind 330° at 5 knots, visibility 10 miles, and clear skies. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N399F
Model/Series: 180 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: FDK, 306 ft msl
Observation Time: 1525 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / -3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots, 330°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.23 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Massey, DE (MD1)
Destination: Frederick, MD (FDK) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 39.417500, -77.374444 (est)

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