Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Cessna 182Q, privately owned and operated, N20BK: Accident occurred October 28, 2018 at Carl Folsom Airport (14J), Elba, Coffee County, Alabama

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Vestavia, Alabama

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Elba, AL
Accident Number: ERA19LA031
Date & Time: 10/28/2018, 1500 CDT
Registration: N20BK
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On October 28, 2018, about 1500 central daylight time, a Cessna 182Q, N20BK, sustained substantial damage after a runway overrun and collision with terrain following a rejected takeoff at the Carl Folsom Airport (14J), Elba, Alabama. The flight instructor, the commercial pilot receiving instruction, and a passenger were not injured. The airplane was privately owned and operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

According to the flight instructor, all three occupants boarded the airplane for departure after his completion of the preflight inspection. He taxied to the active runway, before performing an engine run-up and before-takeoff checks, with no anomalies noted. He initiated the takeoff roll and all engine indications looked normal, with the engine indicating 2350 rpm. When the airplane neared midpoint of the 3,050-ft runway, he noticed the airspeed indicated 50 knots and was not increasing. He immediately decreased the throttle to idle, aborted the takeoff, and applied the brakes. The airplane overran the runway and collided with a berm about 1,000 ft past the runway end.

At 1644, the weather recorded at the Lowe Army Heliport (LOR), Fort Rucker, Alabama, 17 nautical miles east of 14J, included clear skies and wind from 230° at 9 knots. The temperature was 26°C, and the dew point was 11°C. The altimeter setting was 30.05 inches of mercury.

Initial examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed the nose landing gear broke away from the strut and the firewall was buckled. The airspeed indicator and handheld GPS unit was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N20BK
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: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLOR, 360 ft msl
Observation Time: 2044 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 230°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  8 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Elba, AL (14J)
Destination: Jackson, TN (MKL)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:  31.410833, -86.090000 (est)

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