Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Cessna A185E Skywagon 185, N2262T: Accident occurred May 27, 2017 at Fall River Mills Airport (O89), Shasta County, California

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket  - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Fall River Mills, CA
Accident Number: GAA17CA310
Date & Time: 05/27/2017, 1310 PDT
Registration: N2262T
Aircraft: CESSNA A185
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the landing roll, the airplane "went hard right and with full left rudder and break [,they] could not bring it back around". The airplane veered off the runway to the right, the left main landing gear collapsed, and the left wing impacted the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident 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 directional control during the landing roll.


Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Runway excursion
Landing gear collapse
Dragged wing/rotor/float/other

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 59, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/16/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/08/2015
Flight Time: (Estimated)

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor
Age: 39, Female
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/10/2016
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/25/2017
Flight Time: (Estimated) 2406 hours (Total, all aircraft), 17 hours (Total, this make and model), 2140 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 60 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N2262T
Model/Series: A185 E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1968
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 185-1420
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/09/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3350 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1926.35 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-520-D
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 300 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: NA
Observation Time:  PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable/ 10 knots, Variable
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting:
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: CHESTER, CA (O05)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Fall River Mills, CA (O89)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1240 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 3328 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 02
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5000 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 41.014167, -121.437778 (est)

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