Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna 180 Skywagon, N1628C; accident occurred April 23, 2019 at Morgan County Airport (42U), Utah

View of damage to the right horizontal stabilizer, right elevator and right wing.
Federal Aviation Administration

Additional Participating Entity: Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Morgan, UT
Accident Number: GAA19CA219
Date & Time: 04/23/2019, 2015 MST
Registration: N1628C
Aircraft: Cessna 180
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot in the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, at dusk, he made a wheel landing on a mountain area asphalt runway. He recalled that shortly after a normal touchdown, during the landing roll, the tail lifted, and the nose of the airplane veered to the right. He applied rudder to correct the airplane's heading back to the runway centerline, but the pilot overcorrected, and the airplane exited the left side of the runway. He aborted the landing, and the airplane began to climb, but the left wing struck a "large bush" and the airplane impacted terrain.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings, the empennage, and the elevator.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 63, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/18/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/21/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1098 hours (Total, all aircraft), 46 hours (Total, this make and model), 1073 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 25 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 13 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N1628C
Model/Series: 180 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1953
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 30328
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/10/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2550 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-470J
Registered Owner: Utah Cub Pilot Llc
Rated Power: 235 hp
Operator: Utah Cub Pilot Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KOGD, 4470 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1253 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 285°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 170°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 6°C / 2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Wells, NV (LWL)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Wells, NV (LWL)
Type of Clearance: VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1900 MST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Morgan County (42U)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 5020 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 21
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3904 ft / 50 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

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: 41.148611, -111.767222 (est)

MORGAN COUNTY, Utah, April 23, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — An aircraft crashed Tuesday night as it was coming in for a landing at Mountain Green (Morgan) Airport.

The Cessna 180 Skywagon went off the runway, at 5740 N. Cottonwood Canyon Road, at about 8:30 p.m.

Mountain Green Fire Chief Brian Brendel told Gephardt Daily the plane hit a berm and the landing gear collapsed.

Brendel said crews responded quickly, bringing all their fire apparatus to the scene, but “fortunately, the pilot hit the fuel cut-off, so there was no fire.”

An ambulance was initially called to the crash site, but ended up being cancelled.

The pilot was the aircraft’s only occupant. He was able to self-extricate and wasn’t injured.

“The aircraft is on its side and it’s totaled,” Brendel said. “We left it in the hands of the Sheriff’s Office and the FAA to do their investigation.”

According to Flightaware, the aircraft is registered to Utah Cub Pilot LLC.

Original article can be found here ➤

MOUNTAIN GREEN, Utah — A small plane crashed near the Morgan County Airport Tuesday night.

The crash site is near the Morgan County Airport, at 5827 Willow Creek Rd.

Mountain Green Fire Chief Brian Brendel said the pilot, the sole occupant of the plane, was coming in for a landing when the plane veered to the left of the runway and went over a berm.

Brendel said the pilot was shaken, but did not suffer any injuries.

Original article can be found here ➤

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