Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Cessna 182A Skylane, N5143D, operated by Skydive Canyonlands: Accident occurred June 13, 2015 near Canyonlands Field Airport (KCNY), Moab, Grand County, Utah

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Moab, UT
Accident Number: WPR15LA185
Date & Time: 06/13/2015, 1900 MDT
Registration: N5143D
Aircraft: CESSNA 182A
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Skydiving 

On June 13, 2015, about 1900 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 182A airplane, N5143D, experienced a loss of engine power while on final approach to the Canyonlands Field Airport (CNY), Moab, Utah. The pilot subsequently made an off airport forced landing. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane sustained structural damage to the tail section of the airplane. The airplane was operated by Skydive Canyonlands under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a skydiving operation. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local area flight, and a company flight plan had been filed.

The pilot reported that there was a total of 14 gallons of fuel on board when he took the airplane and that no other fuel was added. The flight departed from runway 21, and he made several left turns to align the airplane with the intended drop zone. Once the jumpers exited the airplane, he flew on a northwestern heading for a few miles before he initiated a left turn for a return to the airport. About 3 miles from the airport, the engine lost power. The pilot tried unsuccessfully to restart the engine before initiating a forced landing on rough desert terrain.

A postaccident examination of the wreckage revealed that the fuel level in the right-side fuel tank was about 5 gallons, and the left-side fuel tank had about 3 gallons. According to the airplane's operating limitations, there is 10 gallons of unusable fuel, of which 7 gallons may be available, but only in level flight operations

The company reported that this airplane burns about 12 gallons of fuel per hour; the accident flight was estimated to be 30-35 minutes.

Neither the pilot nor the operator completed the National Transportation Safety Board Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Report Form 6120.1. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 22, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
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 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/01/2015
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N5143D
Model/Series: 182A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1958
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 51243
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2348 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines:  1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
Engine Model/Series: O-470 SERIES
Registered Owner: GRAY ROBERT PAUL
Rated Power: 225 hp
Operator: Skydive Canyonlands
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Does Business As: Skydive Canyonlands
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: CNY, 4557 ft msl
Observation Time: 0106 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 7°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 19 knots, 50°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.82 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: Moderate - Thunderstorms - No Precipitation; No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Moab, UT (CNY)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Destination: Moab, UT (CNY)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: MDT
Type of Airspace: 

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type:
Airport Elevation: 4557 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing; 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:  38.755000, -109.754722 (est)

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