Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Cessna 120, registered to and operated by a private individual, N1881N: Accident occurred October 13, 2018 in Hudson, Weld County, Colorado

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Hudson, CO
Accident Number: CEN19LA006
Date & Time: 10/13/2018, 1530 MDT
Registration: N1881N
Aircraft: Cessna 120
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 13, 2018, about 1530 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 120 airplane, N1881N, performed a forced landing near Fort Lupton, Colorado. The pilot and passenger both sustained serious injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan. The flight departed Van Aire Airport (CO12), Brighton, Colorado, and was attempting to land at the Platte Valley Airport (18V), Fort Lupton, Colorado.

According to a statement provided by the pilot, while attempting to land on runway 33 at 18V, the pilot noticed a strong crosswind and decided to go-around. During the go-around, the pilot added engine power the engine did not develop full power. The engine began to putter and surge as the airplane continued to climb. The engine did not regain power, so the pilot elected to perform a forced landing to a field. The airplane settled into a corn field and nosed over.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N1881N
Model/Series: 120 No Series
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:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFTG, 5513 ft msl
Observation Time: 1555 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 21 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / -1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 12000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.75 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Brighton, CO (CO12)
Destination: Hudson, CO (18V)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  40.110833, -104.700833 (est)

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