Monday, March 12, 2018

Cessna 180 Skywagon, N9463C: Accident occurred March 09, 2018 at Skagit Regional Airport (KBVS), Burlington, Washington

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Mount Vernon, WA
Accident Number: GAA18CA164
Date & Time: 03/09/2018, 1100 PST
Registration: N9463C
Aircraft: CESSNA 180
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot in the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that during landing the airplane bounced, he added power, and the airplane settled on the runway. During the landing roll he lost directional control, the airplane exited the right side of the runway, and the left wing struck the ground. The pilot taxied the airplane to parking.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left-wing ribs and spar.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Private
Age: 49, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/24/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/04/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 13000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 13 hours (Total, this make and model), 3100 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 250 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 20 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N9463C
Model/Series: 180 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1955
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 31861
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/10/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2550 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5226.8 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-470J
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 225 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: KBVS, 140 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1855 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 139°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 1700 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3200 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts:  Light and Variable / 10 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 7°C / 3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Enumclaw, WA (WA77)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: LOPEZ, WA (S31)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0930 PST
Type of Airspace:  Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 145 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 11
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5478 ft / 100 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:  48.470556, -122.421667 (est)

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