Sunday, May 06, 2018

Cessna 182R Skylane, registered to and operated by Civil Air Patrol Inc, N5419E: Accident occurred May 06, 2018 at Clarksville–Montgomery County Regional Airport / Outlaw Field (KCKV), Tennessee

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Clarksville, TN
Accident Number: GAA18CA260
Date & Time: 05/06/2018, 1525 EDT
Registration: N5419E
Aircraft: CESSNA 182
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing area overshoot
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

According to the pilot, the weather began to deteriorate during the previous approach and the airplane encountered updrafts and downdrafts. Additionally, he noticed that it had begun to rain, and he aborted the landing.

During the next approach, he reported that there was a variable crosswind and that the updrafts and downdrafts continued. During the landing roll, the wind direction may have shifted to a tailwind, and that the brakes did not have "the normal stopping effect." The airplane overran the runway and the airplane struck a fence before coming to rest on a public road.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left-wing spar.

10 minutes prior to the accident, the METAR at the airport reported that the wind was from 260° at 09 knots and lightning in the distance from the west to northeast.

About the time of the accident, the wind was from 350° at 24 knots, gusting to 33 knots with peak wind from 350° at 33 knots and lightning in the distance from the west to northeast.

10 minutes after the accident, the wind was reported as being from 10° at 20 knots and gusting to 31 knots, with peak wind being from 350° at 33 knots and shifting, lightening in all quadrants with thunderstorms and light rain. The pilot landed to runway 23.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 76, 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): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/07/2016
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/29/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 4377 hours (Total, all aircraft), 918 hours (Total, this make and model), 4000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N5419E
Model/Series: 182 R
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1983
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18268317
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 12/19/2017, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3100 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5616.8 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT:  C126 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-470-U-38B
Registered Owner: CIVIL AIR PATROL INC
Rated Power: 235 hp
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: CKV, 551 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2022 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 198°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 7000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 24 knots / 33 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 350°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 11°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: Moderate - Thunderstorms - No Precipitation
Departure Point: Clarksville, TN (CKV)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Russellville, KY (4M7)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1415 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class D 

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 549 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Wet
Runway Used: 23
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4004 ft / 100 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: 36.621944, -87.415000 (est)

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (CLARKSVILLENOW) – A Cessna 182 aircraft crashed on landing at the Clarksville Regional Airport about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 6. 

According to Clarksville police, the aircraft touched down, went through the perimeter fence, and came to rest on the shoulder of Outlaw Field Road, blocking one lane of traffic.

Officials believe the pilot was the only occupant of the plane. The pilot’s injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

Lt Colonel Wilson Polidura with the Civil Air Patrol was on the scene and said the aircraft was on an Air Force assigned training mission and a thunderstorm took control of the aircraft.

Outlaw Field Rd. will be down to one lane until the investigation is complete. 

Original article can be found here ➤


  1. I am not intending to be anti CAP with this comment, but I believe that an investigation should be conducted due to the number of these try of incidents with C182’s and the CAP. It believe they need to improve the training or find some different Instructors. A flight school or other aviation business with this kind of incident record would have been out o& business long ago. Since it’s taxpayer funded, it seems to operate like like a money vacuum.

  2. ??a thunderstorm took control of the aircraft?? WTF. I guess the pilot had nothing to do with it?? Nasty ol' TRW!!

  3. If you look at military aviation training, they have a far superior safety record than CAP. I don’t not have actual numbers, and they do not compare well due to equipment differences, and mission differences,. But the CAP safety record stands out enough to cause some concern. I would support putting them on the FAA Medalion Foundation program with the goal if improving their safety record and saving costs by reducing injury and equipment destruction. The cost of this program would seem to be justified. It has worked for some part 121 and part 135 operators.

  4. Prior to posting comments that denigrate an organization and its members, the responsible thing to do would be to gather accurate data first. Civil Air Patrol has an aviation safety record that is much better than comparable populations in general aviation. To claim that military aviation has a better safety record is to demonstrate ignorance of the facts, and lack of awareness of all the non-reported adverse events that destroy airplanes and helicopters on a regular basis in the Armed Forces (I was there).

    The current punishment-first mentality of CAP does nothing to improve safety. What we should all be trying to emulate is the phenomenal improvement in safety seen by U.S. airlines. This improvement came about by significant efforts to improve training, safety reporting, safety analysis, and open-communication. The best way to cut off communication is to pounce on a pilot for even minor accidental events (flat spotted tires, bent tail rings, etc.), but that is CAP's faulty methodology to solve problems.

  5. AlanM, you sound like you agree some changes need to be made. The previous suggestion about the Medalion Program was good in my opinion. However, I doubt the CAP leaders would ever agree to participate if thier attitude is what you state. So I guess things should just remain the same. Google CAP on this site as I have and review the last 2-3 years before you state how good thier safety record is. One accident has cost US taxpayers $20 million plus, not counting CAPs own attorney fees, and it was preventable!

  6. AND three fatalities. I had to look this up and read the entire article. I was surprised no criminal charges for the people ignoring the rules and procedures. Their seems to be zero accountability. US taxpayer gets the bill. The families get to grieve. CAP pilots get new airplane, and promotion!

    As to the accident above. CAP should not be conducting “authorized training missions” when Metar/taf show thunderstorms This is a rookie mistake that was also avoidable.

  7. I deal with pilots that use poor judgment every day. Trust me, it's not just a CAP issue. CAP seems to be an easy target for you all. I've got an idea...why don't you bring over all of your skills and expertise and become a CAP pilot. They would appreciate your services...but I'm sure you are too busy letting everyone know how great your knowledge, skills, and abilities are to actually do some meaningful volunteer work for your community. Have a wonderful day.

  8. Politics as usual. The problem is who is paying the bill. ($60 mil/year). Weight has to be given to cost vs. benefit. Positive benefit is the result of good management. Anyone who questions management of CAP is countered with the usual lame responses. Based on my personal experiences with CAP at our airport, I would steer any pilot or person wanting to be a pilot, especially youths, from getting involved with the program. They should be setting examples for other all interested in aviation, but often, do not. I am sure their are many CAP units that do their job well and deserve respect of fellow aviators. I just wish I could see more positive progress and less bad news.