Friday, January 19, 2018

Loss of Control in Flight: Cessna Skywagon 180, N180V; accident occurred June 07, 2019 at Santa Fe Regional Airport (KSAF), Santa Fe County, New Mexico

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Santa Fe, NM
Accident Number: GAA19CA355
Date & Time: 06/07/2019, 0855 MDT
Registration: N180V
Aircraft: Cessna 180
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot in the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that a left crosswind existed during the landing roll on the asphalt surface. When the tailwheel contacted the runway, the airplane's left wing lifted up, and the right wing struck the ground. The airplane exited the runway to the left and stopped.

The pilot reported that at the time of the accident, the wind was from 150° at 14 knots. The pilot landed on runway 20.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 71, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/26/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/03/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 3444 hours (Total, all aircraft), 207 hours (Total, this make and model), 3273 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 23 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 9 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N180V
Model/Series: 180 J
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1974
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18052507
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 3
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/17/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3190 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2900 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-470 U/TS
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 260 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: KSAF, 6344 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0053 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 122°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 12000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 14 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 150°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Santa Fe, NM (SAF)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Santa Fe, NM (SAF)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 0750 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Santa Fe Muni (SAF)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 6348 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used:20 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 8366 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

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: 35.617222, -106.089444 (est)

January 18, 2018: Aircraft scraped right wing tip on runway during takeoff.

Date: 18-JAN-18

Time: 16:55:00Z
Regis#: N180V
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 180J
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91

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