Monday, March 18, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna 152, N64895; accident occurred March 15, 2019 at Madras Municipal Airport (S33), Jefferson County, Oregon

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Madras, OR
Accident Number: GAA19CA169
Date & Time: 03/15/2019, 1300 PDT
Registration: N64895
Aircraft: Cessna 152
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional


The student pilot reported that, following his first solo flight in the traffic pattern, the airplane's nose was pointed left of the runway centerline during touchdown, and the airplane bounced. The student further reported that the flight school has a "bounce and go" policy, so he applied full throttle and aborted the landing. The airplane continued to the left, the nose landing gear collided with a snow berm on the left side of the runway, and the airplane nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

The student reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The student pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the aborted landing, which resulted in a collision with a snow berm and a subsequent nose-over. 


Personnel issues Aircraft control - Student/instructed pilot
Aircraft Directional control - Not attained/maintained
Environmental issues Snow/ice - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing Abnormal runway contact
Landing Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Landing Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)
Landing Nose over/nose down

Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 24
Airplane Rating(s):None 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s):None 
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/06/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 40 hours (Total, all aircraft), 40 hours (Total, this make and model), 27 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N64895
Model/Series: 152 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1978
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Utility
Serial Number: 15281461
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/03/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1670 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 23022.1 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-235-L2C
Registered Owner: Hillsboro Aero Academy Llc
Rated Power: 115 hp
Operator: Hillsboro Aero Academy Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KRDM, 3084 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 25 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1250 PDT
Direction from Accident Site: 178°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.41 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C / -2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Redmond, OR (RDM)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Redmond, OR (RDM)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1150 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Madras Municipal (S33)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 2436 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 34
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5089 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Touch and Go 

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: 44.670278, -121.155278 (est)

MADRAS, Oregon - A student pilot reportedly on his first solo flight apparently was doing well Friday afternoon -- until the end, when his "trainer" plane flipped upon landing at Madras Municipal Airport and came to rest on the snow beside the runway, officials said.

Madras police and Jefferson County Fire District No. 1 crews were called to the airport on Northwest Berg Drive shortly before 1 p.m., fire Capt. Kasey Skaar said.

Skaar said it appeared the pilot of the Cessna 152 single-engine plane was trying to land "and suffered some complications." The plane roll over its nose onto its top and came to rest in the snow about two-thirds of the way down the runway.

Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins said the student pilot on his first solo flight had no passengers and was landing on a runway cleared of snow when the trouble arose. 

The pilot was able to climb out of the overturned plane without injuries, Skaar said.

With the help of the airport staff, any fuel or electrical hazards were mitigated. A salvage operation was expected to be completed later Friday. Skaar said Jefferson County EMS also assisted at the scene.

The Federal Aviation Administration will determine the cause of the crash, Skaar added. An FAA representative was not immediately available for comment.

FAA plane registration info indicated the plane is owned by Hillsboro Aero Academy.

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