Saturday, March 16, 2019

Cessna 180, N399F: Accident occurred December 03, 2017 at Frederick Municipal Airport (KFDK), Maryland

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N399F

Location: Frederick, MD
Accident Number: ERA18LA043
Date & Time: 12/03/2017, 1527 EST
Registration: N399F
Aircraft: CESSNA 180
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 Minor, 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On December 3, 2017, about 1527 eastern standard time, a Cessna 180, N399F, was substantially damaged while landing at the Frederick Municipal Airport (FDK), Frederick, Maryland. The pilot and the two passengers were not injured, but the pilot-rated passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. No flight plan was filed for the flight that departed Massey Aerodrome (MD1), Massey, Delaware, about 1445.

The pilot stated that after a "smooth normal touchdown", the left tire failed. The left wheel rim dug into the runway pavement and the left wingtip struck the runway. The tail of the airplane also came up and the propeller blades struck the ground. The airplane came to rest on its nose just right of the runway centerline.

A witness stated that the tailwheel-equipped airplane made a "shallow" bounce when it first touched down on runway 30. When the airplane touched down again, the left main tire blew. The airplane's left wing then dipped down and dragged on the runway surface for about 20-30 ft before the airplane went up on its nose and came to a rest.

Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed the firewall and an engine mount were substantially damaged. The propeller, the spinner, the left main tire, and the left-wing tip were also damaged.

The left tire assembly was examined by a National Transportation Safety Board Materials Specialist. The examination revealed features consistent with a progressive fracture through the rubber due to an overload failure of the underlying cords along one of the bias directions. There was no evidence of any preexisting damage or material deficiencies.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. His last Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Basic Med medical certificate was issued on May 3, 2017. The pilot reported a total of 1,850 flight hours, of which, 100 hours were in the accident airplane.

At 1525, the weather at FDK was reported as wind from 330° at 5 knots, visibility 10 miles, and clear skies. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 68, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/03/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/18/2017
Flight Time: 1850 hours (Total, all aircraft), 100 hours (Total, this make and model), 10 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Pilot-Rated Passenger Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 54, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/09/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/10/2017
Flight Time: 2200 hours (Total, all aircraft), 10 hours (Total, this make and model), 2100 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N399F
Model/Series: 180 UNDESIGNATED
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1955
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 31478
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/04/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2950 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4039.41 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-470 SERIES
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 225 hp
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: FDK, 306 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 1525 EST
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 330°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.23 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / -3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Massey, DE (MD1)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Frederick, MD (FDK)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1445 EST
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Frederick Muni (FDK)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 306 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 30
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3600 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 39.417500, -77.374444 (est)

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