Monday, July 2, 2018

Cessna 180, N2469C: Accident occurred July 01, 2018 at Rusty Allen Airport (KRYW), Lago Vista, Travis County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Lago Vista, TX
Accident Number: CEN18LA250
Date & Time: 07/01/2018, 2010 CDT
Registration: N2469C
Aircraft: Cessna 180
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 1, 2018, about 2010 central daylight time, a Cessna 180 single-engine airplane, N2469C, was substantially damaged while landing at Rusty Allen Airport (RYW), Lago Vista, Texas. The airline transport pilot and passenger were not injured. 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 for the personal flight that departed Childress Municipal Airport (CDS), Childress, Texas, about 1740 with RYW as the intended destination.

According to the pilot, the surface wind was from 120° magnetic at 7 knots, gusting 17 knots, when he entered the traffic pattern for runway 15 at RYW. He noted that the wind direction became variable between 090° magnetic and 170° magnetic while the airplane was on the downwind leg. The pilot made a normal approach for three-point landing with a left crosswind correction; however, the airplane rolled left and landed hard on the left main landing gear during the landing flare. The pilot reported that the airplane bounced and that he was unable to regain roll control before the airplane landed hard again on the left main landing gear. The airplane bounced a second time and the left main landing gear leg fractured on the third contact with the runway. The airplane subsequently ground-looped to the left and came to rest heading about 180° from the original runway direction. The left main wing spar was substantially damaged when the left wingtip impacted the runway.

The left main landing gear leg was retained for a laboratory examination to determine if preexisting damage had contributed to its fracture during the accident.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N2469C
Model/Series: 180
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: RYW, 1230 ft msl
Observation Time: 2015 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C / 16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / 16 knots, 150°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Childress, TX (CDS)
Destination: Lago Vista, TX (RYW) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 30.498611, -97.969444 (est)

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