Saturday, March 17, 2018

Cessna 170B, N2486D: Accident occurred August 21, 2017 at Rochelle Municipal Airport (KRPJ), Ogle County, Illinois

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Plaines, Illinois

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

 Location: Rochelle, IL
Accident Number: GAA17CA499
Date & Time: 08/21/2017, 1120 CDT
Registration: N2486D
Aircraft: CESSNA 170
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 the landing touchdown, the wind shifted to a tailwind. He added that he attempted to go-around but was unable. Subsequently, the airplane drifted to the left of the runway, the right main landing gear collapsed, and the right wing impacted the ground. 

The right wing sustained substantial damage.

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

A review of recorded data from the automated weather observation station located on the airport, reported that about 5 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 220° at 14 knots, gusting 19 knots. The airplane landed on runway 7. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 46, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/02/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/17/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1650 hours (Total, all aircraft), 75 hours (Total, this make and model), 170 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 18 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N2486D
Model/Series: 170 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1952
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 20638
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/17/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1451 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:  5785.58 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O300/C145-2
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 145 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: KRPJ, 781 ft msl
Observation Time: 1615 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 103°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 7000 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 22°C
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 11000 ft agl
Visibility:  7 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 14 knots/ 19 knots, 220°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: HARVARD, IL (0C0)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Rochelle, IL (RPJ)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1050 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 780 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 07
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:  5001 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

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:  41.893056, -89.078333 (est)

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