Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna 180, N3EH; accident occurred May 25, 2019 in Yankee Creek 2 Airport (A77), Alaska

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fairbanks, Alaska

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

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


Location: Takotna, AK

Accident Number: GAA19CA286
Date & Time: 05/25/2019, 1700 AKD
Registration: N3EH
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 of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, about the time he was rotating, the airplane veered right, the right wing contacted some brush and the airplane impacted the vegetation.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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

The automated weather observation station located 13 miles south/east of the airstrip, reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was variable at 5 knots. The airplane was taking off runway 31. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 44, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/24/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/20/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 6900 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3722 hours (Total, this make and model), 6900 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 90 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 15 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N3EH
Model/Series: 180 D
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1961
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18051020
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/20/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2960 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 8945.5 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-470-R81B
Registered Owner: Magnuson Airways Llc
Rated Power: 230 hp
Operator:On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PATL, 964 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0055 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 121°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3900 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.61 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / 6°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Tatitna, AK (8KA)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Destination: Takotna, AK (A77)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0900 ADT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Yankee Creek 2 (A77)
Runway Surface Type: Dirt; Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 1120 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Soft; Vegetation
Runway Used: 31
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 1560 ft / 16 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

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: 63.001944, -156.367222 (est)

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