Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Cessna A185F, N2W: Accident occurred January 12, 2018 at Warm Springs Creek Airport (0U1), Lowman, Boise County, Idaho

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket  - National Transportation Safety Board:


Location: Lowman, ID
Accident Number: GAA18CA106
Date & Time: 01/12/2018, 1330 MST
Registration: N2W
Aircraft: CESSNA A185
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 


The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during takeoff from a snow-covered airstrip, the left wheel encountered a "foot deep snow bank." The airplane veered left and nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and vertical stabilizer.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions 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 selection of unsuitable terrain for takeoff, which resulted in a loss of directional control. 


Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Decision making/judgment - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Snow/slush/ice covered surface - Effect on operation
Snow/slush/ice covered surface - Decision related to condition

Factual Information

History of Flight

Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Nose over/nose down

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 35, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/22/2013
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/06/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 540.4 hours (Total, all aircraft), 40.5 hours (Total, this make and model), 462 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 12.5 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N2W
Model/Series: A185 F
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1976
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 185-02982
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/10/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3350 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3118.6 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C126 installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: IO-520-DI3B
Registered Owner: DMC AIR LLC
Rated Power: 285 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: KSNT, 6495 ft msl
Observation Time: 1951 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 84°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Temperature/Dew Point: 2°C / -3°C
Lowest Ceiling:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.3 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Lowman, ID (0U1)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: NAMPA, ID (MAN)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1330 MST
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Ice; Snow
Airport Elevation: 4831 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Ice; Rough; Snow
Runway Used: 20
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2850 ft / 135 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

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:  44.142500, -115.314167 (est)

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