Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Cessna 182L Skylane, N3115R: Accident occurred August 27, 2018 at Cranland Airport (28M), Hanson, Plymouth County, Massachusetts

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Burlington, Massachusetts

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


Location: Hanson, MA
Accident Number: ERA18TA236
Date & Time: 08/27/2018, 1256 EDT
Registration: N3115R
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Skydiving 

On August 27, 2018, about 1256 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 182L, N3115R, nosed over following a landing overrun at Cranland Airport (28M), Hanson, Massachusetts. The commercial pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local skydiving flight, which originated at Cranland Airport and was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the pilot, he started carrying skydivers several days before the accident after familiarizing himself with the airport and airplane. The accident occurred on the fourth flight of the day. Around 2,000 ft during the initial climb, the airplane experienced a radio failure and the pilot noted a slight change in engine sound. He consulted with one of the tandem skydivers and continued to climb to 7,500 ft to allow the two pairs of skydivers to jump, which he felt was the safest course of action. He reported that the engine roughness increased after the jumpers departed the airplane, so he spiraled down over the airport and kept his approach "a little faster and higher than normal" so that if the engine failed he could still reach the runway. He considered going to a nearby, longer runway, but did not want to go to an airport that was unfamiliar to him given the roughness of the engine. He extended the flaps when the landing was assured and noted that the flaps were moving slowly. After setting full flaps, he tried to "bleed off speed" and lose altitude as quickly as possible. He realized he landed longer than usual but preferred that to going around because of the rough running engine. Despite maximum braking, the airplane overran the departure end of runway 18, encountered a ditch, nosed over, and came to rest inverted.

One of the skydivers, who had accumulated over 10,000 jumps, reported that the "flight felt good at all times" and that about 4,000 ft he heard from the other skydiver that they would be doing a "low jump." Once back on the ground, he saw the airplane "arriving fast" and heard the airplane braking before it overran the runway.

A second skydiver reported that the radios began to "flicker" climbing through 1,200 ft. The pilot attempted to correct the problem and cycled the master switch, but the radios did not come back on when the electrical power was turned back on. He discussed the situation with the pilot and they decided it would be safer to climb to the minimum jump altitude of 7,500 ft rather than attempt a landing with the skydivers on the airplane. He reported some sputtering from the airplane just before they jumped and noted that the airplane "wasn't sounding great." Once on the ground, he remembered seeing the left main tire smoking from the pilot "locking up the brakes," and he started running toward the airplane when he realized that it was not going to stop on the runway.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records, the pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land, airplane multi-engine land, and instrument airplane. The pilot was issued a first-class medical certificate on April 7, 2018, with the limitation, "must wear corrective lenses." Review of flight experience documents revealed that the pilot reported 656 hours of flight experience on the day of the accident.

The airplane came to rest inverted 183 feet beyond the departure end of runway 18, which was 1,760 ft long. Examination of the wreckage revealed that the airframe sustained substantial damage. The aft portion of the fuselage was buckled and crushed downward, and the upper portion of the vertical stabilizer was buckled. In addition, the nose landing gear was impact separated.

At 1152, the weather reported at Plymouth Municipal Airport (PYM), about 8 miles southeast of the accident site, included wind from 300° at 9 knots, visibility of 10 miles, few clouds at 3,600 feet, temperature 30° C, dew point 19° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.05 inches of mercury. At 1252, the weather included variable winds at 5 knots, visibility 10 miles, few clouds at 4,400 feet, temperature 31° C, dew point 19° C; and an altimeter setting of 30.04 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N3115R
Model/Series: 182 L
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Go Skydive Boston
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PYM, 148 ft msl
Observation Time: 1252 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 4400 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling:
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Hanson, MA (28M)
Destination:  Hanson, MA (28M) 

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: 42.022222, -70.837222 (est)

A 22-year-old pilot was taken to a hospital with minor injuries after his plane rolled over on the runway Monday afternoon at Cranland Airport in Hanson, Massachusetts.

Authorities said the incident happened at about 1 p.m. at the small public airport.

The pilot, Jacob Haselden, told NBC10 Boston, he was able to get out of the Cessna 182 Skylane on his own. He was taken to South Shore Hospital by a Hanson Fire Department ambulance.

Police said they believe Haselden overshot the runway while landing, went off the runway and hit a dirt road, causing it to flip onto its roof.

Haselton, who has 6 years of flying experience, said he was with two tandem skydivers before the accident.

"We flew up and I had difficulties with the engine, and I managed to get everyone out and came back in for a landing, couldn't make it," Haselton said.

The crash will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.

"We documented the tracks and so once we take a good look at the photographs, we'll be able to find that information and it will be in our factual report," said Heidi Kemner with the NTSB.

The plane, which belongs to Go Skydive Boston, has been taken to a hangar at the airport where the NTSB is conducting their investigation.

The airport's manager said the pilot is a Go Skydive Boston employee.

"The flipping was me running out of runway because I was coming in too fast due to difficulties with my engine and the flaps and various plane issues," Haselden said.

He went on to say that he feels fortunate that the crash did not end worse.

"I just tried to do the safest option and do what I thought was best," Haselden said. 

Cranland Airport had a fatal crash following a take-off from its runway on Friday. Scott Landis, the pilot, was killed in the small aircraft crash while his brother, Patrick Landis, was critically injured.

The brothers had taken to the skies to spread their father's ashes, a family spokesperson said.

Hanson Town Manager Mike McCue said despite the recent incidents, there haven't been any issues at the airport.

"The town speaks on a regular basis with the airport and with the manager and again, as I've said, we've really never had any problems," said McCue. "The airport is run very well and these instances, thank God, are few and far between."

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