Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Controlled flight into terrain / object (CFIT): Cessna 182A Skylane, N6314B, accident occurred May 11, 2019 in Glade Park, Mesa County, Colorado

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

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


Location: Glade Park, CO
Accident Number: GAA19CA257
Date & Time: 05/11/2019, 1500 MDT
Registration: N6314B
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Controlled flight into terr/obj (CFIT)
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, before departing from a high altitude (6,830 ft mean sea level), 1,600 ft private, dirt airstrip, he set the wing flaps to 10° and trimmed the airplane. During takeoff, he advanced the throttle and the airplane "accelerated well". He anticipated becoming airborne near the first of the runway's "two step downs", which was about 1,000 ft down the runway. He further reported that during landing he noted the prevailing wind direction, and although light and variable he would be departing with a tailwind.

At the step down, he observed that the airspeed was low, but felt that he had gone beyond a "safe shut down point", so he chose to continue the takeoff with the belief that he would be able to clear power lines near the departure end of the runway.

The airplane became airborne near the departure end of the runway but was unable to maintain a climb rate enough to clear the power lines. The airplane struck two sets of power lines, impacted an embankment, and the main landing gear collapsed.

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

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 northeast of the accident site reported that, about 7 minutes before the accident, the wind was variable at 3 knots, clear skies, temperature 68°F, dew point 30°F, altimeter setting 29.96" Hg. The calculated density altitude was 8,985 ft. The pilot departed to the southeast.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 64, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present:No 
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/31/2018
Occupational Pilot:
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/11/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 12000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 500 hours (Total, this make and model), 11800 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N6314B
Model/Series: 182 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1957
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate:  Normal
Serial Number: 34214
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/10/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2650 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5418.3 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-520-UTS
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 
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: KGJT, 4839 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2053 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 57°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Light and Variable /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / -1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Glades Park, CO (Pvt)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time:  MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Reese Private Strip (Pvt)
Runway Surface Type: Dirt
Airport Elevation: 6980 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: E
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 1600 ft / 50 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  39.019167, -108.767778 (est)

GLADE PARK, Colorado (KKCO/KJCT)-- Two people walked away with minor injuries after a small plane crashed on Glade Park Saturday afternoon.

It happened near South Trail Canyon Drive. At around 3 p.m. the Cessna 182A Skylane was taking off at a nearby private airfield when it hit power lines and crashed.

Grand Valley Power is currently working to restore power to 17 customers. Glade Park Fire Department, Grand Junction Fire Department, and the Mesa County Sheriff’s office, are responding. 

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investing the cause of the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.kjct8.com

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