Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Cessna 182A, N3889D: Accident occurred June 10, 2018 near Antonio (Nery) Juarbe Pol Airport (ABO), Arecibo, Puerto Rico and accident occurred October 21, 2017

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Juan, Puerto Rico
Continental Motors Inc; Washington District of Columbia 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: ARECIBO, PR
Accident Number: ERA18LA165
Date & Time: 06/10/2018, 1220 AST
Registration: N3889D
Aircraft: CESSNA 182
Injuries: 1 Serious, 4 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Skydiving 

On June 10, 2018, about 1220 Atlantic standard time, a Cessna 182, N3889D, was substantially damaged during a forced landing after it experienced a total loss of engine power shortly after takeoff from the Antonio (Nery) Juarbe Pol Airport (ABO), Arecibo, Puerto Rico. The pilot was seriously injured, and the four passengers sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to an individual and operated by Skydive Puerto Rico as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 skydiving flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that departed about 1218.

The pilot reported that shortly after takeoff from runway 8, about 275 ft above the ground, he made a left turn to avoid descending jumpers. While in the turn, the airplane started to vibrate, and the engine made a "clicking" sound while losing power. The pilot was unable to maintain altitude and made a forced landing to a field. The airplane flipped over, which resulted in substantial damage to the firewall, fuselage, right wing strut, and vertical stabilizer/rudder. The propeller was also damaged.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single and multiengine land, and instrument airplane. His last Federal Aviation Administration first-class medical certificate was issued in December 2017.

The airplane was equipped with a Continental Motors O-470-L, 220-horsepower engine. According to maintenance records, the engine's last 100-hour inspection was completed on June 5, 2018, at a tachometer time of 2,797 hours.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N3889D
Model/Series: 182 A
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
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Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: ARECIBO, PR (ABO)
Destination: ARECIBO, PR (ABO) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 4 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 4 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 18.270000, -66.400000 (est)

October 21, 2017: Aircraft on landing the wingtip broke off and struck the left horizontal stabilizer.

Date: 21-OCT-17
Time: 14:30:00Z
Regis#: N3889D
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: C182
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

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