Thursday, May 17, 2018

Cessna 120, N77273: Accident occurred May 16, 2018 near Harlan Municipal Airport (KHNR), Shelby County, Iowa

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Iowa

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Harlan, IA
Accident Number: CEN18CA185
Date & Time: 05/16/2018, 0945 CDT
Registration: N77273
Aircraft: CESSNA 120
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot flew a visual approach to a 1,712-ft-long by 120-ft-wide turf runway. During touchdown, the airplane bounced and the pilot "felt out of control". The pilot executed a late go around, during which the airplane struck a fence at the end of the airport property, which slowed the airplane. Then, due to approaching trees, the pilot attempted to make a turn, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall. The airplane subsequently impacted terrain and came to rest inverted, which damaged the tail. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 23, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/03/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/03/2016
Flight Time: 281 hours (Total, all aircraft), 29 hours (Total, this make and model), 178 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N77273
Model/Series: 120 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1946
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 11486
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/27/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1451 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3203 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: C85 SERIES
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 85 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: KHNR, 1231 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0955 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 211°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 90°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 17°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Atlantic, IA (AIO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Harlan, IA (HNR)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0900 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Harlan Muni (HNR)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 1231 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 03
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 1712 ft / 120 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:  41.586944, -95.336667 (est)

Authorities and emergency crews responded at around 9:40-a.m. today (Wednesday), to a call about a possible plane crash near the Harlan Airport.

According to the report, the plane was apparently trying to land on the grass runway at the Harlan Airport, but it clipped a fence, causing the aircraft to flip onto its nose into a farm field just north of the airport, on the west side of Highway 59.  

Shelby County Emergency Management, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Harlan Police Department, Harlan Fire Department and Medivac Ambulance were all on the scene. 

The aircraft’s pilot and only occupant, was not hurt.

Pictures from the scene showed the single-engine, fixed wing 1946 Cessna 120 upside down in the field. It’s registry indicates it was formerly owned by Jim Kickland, of Atlantic, Iowa, but had been sold about two-weeks ago.

Original article can be found here ➤

The pilot of a small plane ended up in a field and upside-down while trying to land in southwest Iowa’s Shelby County this morning.

The 1946 single-engine Cessna 120 was attempting to land on the grass runaway at the Harlan Municipal Airport at around 9:40 a.m., when the aircraft clipped a fence and nosed into the ground before flipping onto its top in a farm field just north of the airport on the west side of Highway 59.

The plane’s pilot and sole occupant was not injured. His name was not immediately available. The plane was purchased from an Atlantic, Iowa, man just two weeks ago.

Original article can be found here ➤

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