Sunday, February 10, 2019

Cessna 182G, N3120S: Accident occurred December 23, 2018 in Norwood, San Miguel 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; Salt Lake City, Utah

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Norwood, CO
Accident Number: CEN19LA061
Date & Time: 12/23/2018, 1510 MST
Registration: N3120S
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 23, 2018, about 1510 mountain standard time (MST), a Cessna 182G airplane, N3120S, impacted a private dirt airstrip while landing near Norwood, Colorado. The pilot sustained no injury and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to a private individual and was operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 as a visual flight rules personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The local flight originated from the Hopkins Field Airport (AIB), Nucla, Colorado, about 1400 MST.

The pilot reported he was flying his airplane south of Telluride, Colorado over the San Juan mountain range in the San Juan National Forest. He said that the weather conditions at the time were clear visibility, cold temperatures, no visible moisture, and a few scattered clouds were present. While in a descending profile, he observed "backlit ice crystals" for a short period and noted no airframe icing. During the flight, he utilized full, partial, and no carburetor heat settings while monitoring the carburetor temperature gauge.

He said he had partial carburetor heat on but did not clear or advance it as he decided to land to his private airstrip. He decided to perform a straight in approach to the airstrip, landing to the northeast, but as he was getting close, he elected to go around. He advanced the engine power slightly but got no response. He then advanced the engine power to full. He still got no response from the engine. At that point, the pilot performed a steep right turn and applied right rudder to put the airplane down on the dry dirt airstrip. He was not certain if the airplane stalled, but the right-wing tip contacted the airstrip and the airplane "pancaked" on the airstrip damaging the nose landing gear, damaging the propeller, and causing wrinkling in the skins of both wings. The pilot shut down the engine and egressed without further incident.

The pilot reported that he didn't clear the carburetor adequately during his straight in approach. He said it was possible the carburetor had "iced up."

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing. The airplane was removed from the accident site and transported to a secure location. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N3120S
Model/Series: 182 G
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: KAIB, 5940 ft msl
Observation Time: 2215 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 5°C / -15°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 7500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 340°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.25 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Nucla, CO (AIB)
Destination: Nucla, CO (AIB) 

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: 38.130833, -108.291667 (est)

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