Monday, May 07, 2018

Cessna 182 Skylane, N3292Y: Accident occurred May 07, 2018 at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (KBJC), Broomfield, Colorado

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Broomfield, CO
Accident Number: CEN18LA162
Date & Time: 05/07/2018, 1139 MDT
Registration: N3292Y
Aircraft: CESSNA 182
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 7, 2018, about 1139 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 182E single-engine airplane, N3292Y, was substantially damaged while landing at Rocky Mountain Municipal Airport (BJC), Broomfield, Colorado. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local personal flight, which departed BJC about 1000.

The pilot reported that after departure he flew to his private grass airstrip and made two uneventful full-stop landings before returning to BJC. He made a normal approach to runway 30L and initially touched down on the main landing gear; however, the airplane immediately swerved to the right upon the nose wheel contacting the runway and nosed over in the grass area alongside the runway.

A witness, who was the pilot of an airplane holding short of runway 30L, reported seeing the airplane on final approach to the runway with its nose wheel rotated about 75° from its normal alignment. The airplane initially touched down on its main landing gear; however, when the nose wheel contacted the runway it did not realign with the runway heading and the airplane immediately swerved to the right. The nose landing gear separated from the airplane about 100 ft into the right swerve. The airplane subsequently departed off the right runway edge and nosed over.

A preliminary examination revealed that the nose landing gear scissor assembly had fractured, which, in turn, allowed the nose wheel to rotate freely on the landing gear strut. The fractured scissor assembly and associated hardware were retained for additional examination at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Materials Laboratory in Washington D.C. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N3292Y
Model/Series: 182 E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: BJC, 5673 ft msl
Observation Time: 1145 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:  Scattered / 12000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots, 170°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 20000 ft agl
Visibility: 30 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.17 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Denver, CO (BJC)
Destination: Denver, CO (BJC) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 39.908889, -105.117222 (est)

No one was injured after a single-engine plane that was trying to land at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport Monday morning skidded down the runway on its nose and flipped over onto its roof.

The crash happened at 11:45 a.m., according to North Metro Fire. The pilot was the only person onboard the Cessna 182 Skylane at the time.

North Metro Fire says one runway was closed due to the crash, but the other remained open.

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