Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Cessna A185F Skywagon 185, N2744Q: Accident occurred March 23, 2019 at Lafayette Regional Airport (KLFT), Louisiana

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Location: Lafayette, LA 
Accident Number: CEN19LA108
Date & Time: March 23, 2019, 17:30 Local 
Registration: N2744Q
Aircraft: Cessna A185 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On March 23, 2019, about 1730 central daylight time, a Cessna 185 airplane, N2744Q, owned by a private individual experienced a brake anomaly after landing at Lafayette Regional Airport/Paul Fournet Field (LFT) in Lafayette, Louisiana. The two pilots on-board were not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left aileron and left-wing structure. The airplane was operated by the pilots as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight that originated at Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, Ryan Field (BTR) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The second pilot flew most of the leg from BTR to LFT. He reported the taxi, preflight runup, takeoff and enroute flight were uneventful. The first pilot took the controls about 2 miles from LFT for landing. The first pilot stated the touchdown and rollout on runway 22 was "smooth," until the airplane was turning off the runway onto the taxiway. The right brake "grabbed very hard" causing the airplane to make a hard turn, about 180ยบ, and the left wing impacted the ground.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N2744Q
Model/Series: A185 F 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
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Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 30.24048,-91.9906 (est)

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