Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Cessna 182H Skylane, N8515S, registered to BON VOL LLC: Accident occurred November 12, 2017 at Tucson International Airport (KTUS), Pima County, Arizona

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona 

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Factual Report 

Location: Tucson, AZ
Accident Number: GAA18CA051
Date & Time: 11/12/2017, 1230 MST
Registration: N8515S
Aircraft: CESSNA 182H
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Ground collision
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot reported that after he refueled his airplane, he was cleared by the tower controller to runway 21. He added that as he taxied west toward taxiway delta, the asphalt was very rough, and he did not see the taxiway to his left, nor the unmarked drainage ditch immediately in front of him. The airplane entered the ditch travelling about 5 knots.

A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed substantial damage to the empennage.

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

A review of the accident airport diagram revealed that the area around the ditch was not a depicted taxi way. A further review of satellite imagery revealed that there were two access points to taxiway delta southwest of the refueling point. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 78, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Unknown
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 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/04/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/28/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 2290 hours (Total, all aircraft), 100 hours (Total, this make and model), 2031 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 16 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N8515S
Model/Series: 182H H
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1965
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18256615
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/02/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2800 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4000 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O470
Registered Owner: BON VOL LLC
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: KTUS, 2555 ft msl
Observation Time: 1953 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 321°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 1°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: San Quintin, FN
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Tucson, AZ (TUS)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 0900 PST
Type of Airspace: Class B

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 2643 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing:  None 

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: 32.114444, -110.939167 (est) 

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