Thursday, March 29, 2018

Cessna 182B, N2465G: Accident occurred August 22, 2017 at North Platte Regional Airport (KLBF), Lincoln County, Nebraska

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln, Nebraska

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Factual Report

Location: North Platte, NE
Accident Number: GAA17CA508
Date & Time: 08/22/2017, 1430 CDT
Registration: N2465G
Aircraft: CESSNA 182
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

According to the pilot in the high performance, tailwheel-equipped airplane, he accomplished a normal wheel landing, to the asphalt runway, in light and variable wind conditions.

He reported that during the landing roll, the tailwheel settled to the runway and began a "violent shimmy". The airplane exited the left side of the runway and ground looped to the left. The right wing and the elevator struck the ground. The pilot taxied the airplane to parking.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right-wing and the elevator.

Shortly after the accident, the pilot retrieved a metal clamp from the airport, which he believed was on the runway during the time of the accident.

The accident airplane was originally manufactured with tricycle landing gear and was converted to a tailwheel-equipped airplane.

A Federal Aviation Administration, Aviation Safety Inspector examined the airplane's tailwheel assembly to include the tire and the wheel. The Inspector reported that he inspected the tailwheel for any signs of a clamp getting caught in the tailwheel assembly. He reported that there were no signs of any scarring to the wheel or the tire, or the steering assembly. There were no signs of tire damage from skidding and the control cables for the tailwheel were intact. He reported that, "there [was] no visible sign of any sort [that] this tailwheel was operated any way other than what it is designed for, and there is not any physical sign it was ever not following the [input's] from the pilot". 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport
Age: 72, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/21/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/07/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 31914 hours (Total, all aircraft), 840 hours (Total, this make and model), 12.9 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4.7 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N2465G
Model/Series: 182 B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1959
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 51765
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/26/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2348 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3172.87 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-470
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 270 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: KLBF, 2787 ft msl
Observation Time: 1953 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 115°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / 11°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable, Variable
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.25 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: North Platte, NE (LBF)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: North Platte, NE (LBF)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: CDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Lee Bird Field (LBF)
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 2777 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 30
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 8001 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:  41.126111, -100.683611 (est)

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