Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Cessna Turbo Skylane RG, owned and operated by a flying club, N1693R: Accident occurred August 09, 2018 at Florence Regional Airport (KFLO), South Carolina

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

Additional Participating 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; West Columbia, South Carolina

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


Location: Florence, SC
Accident Number: ERA18LA215
Date & Time: 08/09/2018, 1312 EDT
Registration: N1693R
Aircraft: Cessna R182
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 9, 2018, about 1312 eastern daylight time, a Cessna R182, N1693R, was substantially damaged when its main landing gear collapsed during the landing roll at the Florence Regional Airport (FLO), Florence, South Carolina. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was owned and operated by a flying club, under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight that originated about 20 minutes earlier from a private airstrip near Andrews, South Carolina.

The pilot stated that before departure, a portable electrical power supply was required to start the engine. After takeoff, he proceeded towards FLO, and about 10 minutes into the flight while in communication with Florence Approach Control, he noted the fuel gauges were indicating zero and the ammeter was showing a discharge. He continued to FLO, lowered the landing gear by selecting the landing gear lever to the "GEAR DOWN" position and was cleared to land. Though he visually observed that the nose landing gear was extended, there was no indication from the single light on the instrument panel that all landing gears were down and locked. The pilot raised the landing gear selector handle then lowered it again, but again there was no landing gear down indication from the single light. He performed a flyby of the FLO tower and was advised that the landing gear appeared to be down. He entered the downwind leg of the airport traffic pattern for runway 27 which he extended due to an inbound airplane, and at that time the tower controller asked him his intentions, but he was unable to reply because the airplane had lost all electrical power. He turned onto the base and final legs of the airport traffic pattern for runway 27, and performed a shallow approach, touching down first on the main landing gear. During the landing roll about 500 to 1,000 feet down the runway, the main landing gear collapsed, the airplane began to veer to the left, and the left wing and horizontal stabilizer contacted the runway. The airplane came to rest in the grass off the left side of the runway near the intersection of runway 09/27 and 01/19.

The airplane was raised from the runway and the main landing gear was manually extended utilizing the emergency hand pump. The airplane was then moved to the ramp.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N1693R
Model/Series: R182
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Bulldog Flying Club Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFLO, 147 ft msl
Observation Time: 1253 EDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 290°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Andrews, SC
Destination: Florence, SC (FLO)

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:  34.186111, -79.723611 (est)

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