Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Cessna 182Q Skylane, N96772: Accident occurred March 12, 2018 at Chicago Rockford International Airport (KRFD), Illinois

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


Location: Rockford, IL
Accident Number: GAA18CA157
Date & Time: 03/12/2018, 0930 CDT
Registration: N96772
Aircraft: CESSNA 182
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Hard landing
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that during landing, about 20ft above ground level and about 80kts, he reached for his iPad. He took his eyes off the runway to grab the device that was located on the seat next to him and the airplane collided with the ground, in a nose down attitude. The pilot reported that he should not have taken his eyes off the runway during landing.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the lower fuselage stringers, longerons, and formers.

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: 75, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/10/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/09/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 3428 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3328 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 17 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N96772
Model/Series: 182 Q
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1979
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18266846
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/21/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2950 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3144 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-470-U
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 230 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: KRFD, 743 ft msl
Observation Time: 1354 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 126°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 2600 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 2°C / -3°C
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 3300 ft agl
Visibility:  9 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots, 320°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Dubuque, CA (DBQ)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Rockford, IL (RFD)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 0900 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt; Concrete
Airport Elevation: 742 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 01
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 8200 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in

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:  42.195278, -89.097222 (est)

ROCKFORD (WREX) -  UPDATE: The pilot whose plane crashed at the Chicago/Rockford International Airport earlier this morning is in good condition. 

The Rockford airport says that the Cessna 182Q Skylane crashed at about 9:30 this morning. The plane was attempting to land at the airport. Details leading up to the crash are still limited at this time. 

The pilot is in good condition and was the only one on board at the time of the crash. 

The Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating the cause of the crash. 

At this time, the airport is fully operational with no flight delays. 

A small plane crashes Monday morning at Chicago/Rockford International Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Details are limited at this time, and it's unclear if the pilot is injured. 

According to the FAA, a pilot flying from Dubuque, Iowa to Rockford was preparing to land at RFD when the Cessna 182Q Skylane crashed. 

The FAA says the crash is under investigation, and that the investigation could take several weeks to months before it is completed. 

Original article can be found here ➤  http://www.wrex.com

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