Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna A185E, N2429E, accident occurred May 12, 2019 at Northway Airport (PAOR), 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


Location: Northway, AK
Accident Number: GAA19CA260
Date & Time: 05/12/2019, 1430 AKD
Registration: N2429E
Aircraft: Cessna A185
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Positioning 

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the landing the airplane suddenly veered left, ground looped left, exited the runway and nosed over. Upon further examination the airplane had a blown right tire.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer and right wing.

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

Photos of the tire damage provided by the FAA are consistent with sideloading the right main landing gear during a ground loop to the left.

The automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was variable at 4 knots. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 62, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/19/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/10/2018
Flight Time: (Estimated) 27000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 75 hours (Total, this make and model), 24600 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 56 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 23 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N2429E
Model/Series: A185 E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1966
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 185-1172
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 12/01/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO 520
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 300 hp
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: PAOR, 1713 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2153 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 281°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 7500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
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: 29.99 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C / -6°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Whitehorse, YT (CYXY)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Northway, AK (ORT)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1100 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Airport: Northway (ORT)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1720 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 05
IFR Approach: Unknown
Runway Length/Width: 5100 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  62.961111, -141.928056 (est)

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