Friday, May 17, 2019

Nose Over: Cessna 162 Skycatcher, N5213Z; accident occurred May 14, 2019 in Las Animas, Bent 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; Denver, Colorado

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


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

https://registry.faa.gov/N5213Z

Location: Las Animas, CO
Accident Number: CEN19LA169
Date & Time: 05/14/2019, 1610 MDT
Registration: N5213Z
Aircraft: Cessna 162
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 14, 2019, about 1610 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 162 airplane, N5213Z, nosed over during a landing on a private airstrip near Las Animas, Colorado. The commercial pilot, who was the sole occupant, sustained serious injuries. The airplane wings and empennage were substantially damage during the nose over. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from the private airstrip at an unknown time.

According to a family member, the pilot attempted to land on his grass airstrip. The airplane's nose wheel got caught on soggy river grass, and the airplane nosed over. No other property was damaged. The pilot sustained serious injuries following the accident. The pilot passed away beyond 30 days of the accident. However, the family member added that the pilot was battling health issues before the accident, and she felt the pilot's death was not due to the accident.

At 1753, the recorded weather at the La Junta Municipal Airport, near La Junta, Colorado, was: Wind variable at 3 kts; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition clear; temperature 30° C; dew point -3° C; altimeter 29.94 inches of mercury.

According to measurements taken from Google Earth images, the runway was about 1,000 ft long and had about a 143° landing heading.

According to images supplied by the Bent County Sheriff's Office, there was tall grass around the accident site and a linear ground scar was present consistent with nose landing gear contact with soft terrain.

The pilot of N5213Z had a prior accident at his airstrip. On January 30, 2016, about 1100 mountain standard time, an American Legend Aircraft Co. AL11C 100 tailwheel airplane, N24184, nosed over during a landing there. According to the safety report on that accident, the pilot made an approach to his private sod airstrip after observing rain showers in days previous. The pilot reported that as the main wheels made contact with the soft surface the airplane immediately nosed over. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 91, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s):None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated) 22580 hours (Total, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N5213Z
Model/Series: 162
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Special Light-Sport
Serial Number: 16200040
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1324 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Teledyne Continental Motors
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: O-200
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power:
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: KLHX, 4215 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1753 MDT
Direction from Accident Site: 262°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Light and Variable /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / -3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Las Animas, CO (PVT)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Las Animas, CO (PVT)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  MDT
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: Private (PVT)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 3900 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Soft
Runway Used: 14
IFR Approach: None 
Runway Length/Width: 1000 ft / 20 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious

Latitude, Longitude: 38.085278, -103.200833 (est)

Location: Las Animas, CO
Accident Number: CEN19LA169
Date & Time: 05/14/2019, 1610 MDT
Registration: N5213Z
Aircraft: Cessna E162
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 14, 2019, about 1610 mountain daylight time, a Cessna E162 airplane, N5213Z, nosed over during a landing on a private airstrip near Las Animas, Colorado. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, sustained serious injuries. The airplane wings and empennage were substantially damage during the nose over. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from the private airstrip at an unknown time.

According to initial information given to the Federal Aviation Administration, the airplane rolled over soft, grassy terrain during the landing and nosed over.

At 1753, the recorded weather at the La Junta Municipal Airport, near La Junta, Colorado, was: Wind variable at 3 kts; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition clear; temperature 30° C; dew point -3° C; altimeter 29.94 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N5213Z
Model/Series: E162 No Series
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: KLHX, 4215 ft msl
Observation Time: 1753 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / -3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Las Animas, CO (PVT)
Destination: Las Animas, CO (PVT)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  38.085278, -103.200833 (est)

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