Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Cessna 207, registered to and operated by Waters Aero Marine Inc, operator does business as Penobscot Island Air, N207GM: Accident occurred June 26, 2017 at Vinalhaven Airport (ME55), Knox County, Maine

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Maine

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket  - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Vinalhaven, ME
Accident Number: ERA17CA213
Date & Time: 06/26/2017, 0741 EDT
Registration: N207GM
Aircraft: CESSNA 207
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing area overshoot
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled

The pilot reported that the approach appeared normal, but during the landing on the 1,500 ft gravel strip, the airplane firmly struck the runway and bounced. He added that the bounce was high, and the remaining runway was too short to correct the landing with power. The pilot elected to go-around, applying full power and 20° of flaps for the balked landing procedure. During the climb, the airplane drifted to the left towards the 50 ft trees about 150 ft from the departure end of runway 24. Unable to climb over the trees, the airplane struck the tree canopy; the nose dropped and the pilot instinctively reduced power as the airplane descended through the trees and impacted terrain. The wings and fuselage were substantially damaged. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor
Age: 65, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Sea; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/20/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/05/2016
Flight Time:  15438 hours (Total, all aircraft), 356 hours (Total, this make and model), 10655 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 32 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 23 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N207GM
Model/Series: 207 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1973
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 20700217
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/23/2017, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3800 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 12458 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C126 installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: IO-520-LCF
Rated Power: 300 hp
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135)
Operator Does Business As: Penobscot Island Air
Operator Designator Code: O59

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: RKD, 55 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1156 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 75°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 290°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.89 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 14°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: ROCKLAND, ME (RKD)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Vinalhaven, ME (ME55)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0730 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: VINALHAVEN (ME55)
Runway Surface Type: Gravel
Airport Elevation: 72 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry; Rough
Runway Used: 24
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 1510 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Go Around 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  44.070556, -68.821667 (est)

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