Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Cessna 182, registered to Gulf Coast Helicopters Inc and operated by a private individual, N182GQ: Accident occurred July 16, 2018 at Odessa Airport-Schlemeyer Field (KODO), Ector 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; Lubbock, Texas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Odessa, TX
Accident Number: CEN18LA272
Date & Time: 07/16/2018, 1430 CDT
Registration: N182GQ
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 16, 2018, about 1430 central daylight time, a Cessna 182 airplane, N182GQ, caught fire after landing at Odessa Airport-Schlemeyer Field (KODO), Odessa, Texas. The commercial rated pilot was not injured, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to Gulf Coast Helicopters Inc. and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a positioning flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight which operated without a flight plan.

According to preliminary information provided by the Federal Aviation Administration, after landing the pilot detected the smell of smoke. He stopped the airplane and egressed. The fire consumed portions of the fuselage and wings.

The airplane was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N182GQ
Model/Series: 182 Q
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KODO, 3001 ft msl
Observation Time: 1953 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 34°C / 12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 7000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / 17 knots, 190°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 31.921389, -102.387222 (est)

1 comment:

  1. I heard a report that the owner/operator installed a new lithium powered ELT on the Cessna 182 and upon landing it experienced a thermal runaway. The aircraft safety parked off the runway, the pilot was unable to extinguish it with the cockpit fire extinguisher, by the time they got the one from the gas pump the fuselage had burned through. No injuries. Airworthiness Directive?