Monday, May 6, 2019

Runway Excursion: Cessna A185E, N7711L; accident occurred May 04, 2019 at Porter County Regional Airport (KVPZ), Valparaiso, Indiana -and- Accident occurred October 25, 2016 at Winnemucca Municipal Airport (KWMC), Humboldt County, Nevada

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; DuPage, Indiana

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/N7711L


Location: VALPARAISO, IN
Accident Number: GAA19CA244
Date & Time: 05/04/2019, 1340 CDT
Registration: N7711L
Aircraft: Cessna A185
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Runway excursion
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot in the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, he was performing stop and go take offs and landings. During the takeoff roll, the tailwheel came off the ground, and the airplane encountered a significant wind from the left. He applied left aileron, and right rudder to compensate for the wind, but the airplane ground-looped to the left.

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

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing and the right aileron.

The airport's Meteorological Aerodrome Report, about the time of the accident, reported that the wind was from 030° at 8 knots and gusting to 14 knots. Additionally, the wind was reported as variable between 340° and 070°. The airplane took off from runway 9.

The pilot added that a, "slower application of the throttle and keeping the tailwheel on the ground longer during the takeoff roll, will prevent this type of accident from occurring in the future."

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 38, Male
Airplane Rating(s): 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: 10/11/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/06/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 187 hours (Total, all aircraft), 24 hours (Total, this make and model), 61 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 39 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N7711L   
Model/Series: A185 E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1969
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 185-1521
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/23/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3350 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3548 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-520-D
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: KVPZ, 770 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1856 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 141°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots / 14 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 30°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 5°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: VALPARAISO, IN (VPZ)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: VALPARAISO, IN (VPZ)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1340 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Porter County Rgnl (VPZ)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 770 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 09
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 7001 ft / 150 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: 41.453889, -87.006944 (est)

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada

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


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

Aviation Accident Data Summary  - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


http://registry.faa.gov/N7711L

Location: Winnemucca, NV
Accident Number: GAA17CA054
Date & Time: 10/25/2016, 0900PDT
Registration: N7711L
Aircraft: CESSNA A185
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis 

The pilot of a tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that during the landing roll, the airplane veered to the right and he applied left rudder to stop the veer. Subsequently, the airplane continued to the right, ground looped, and the left wing impacted the runway.

The left aileron sustained substantial damage.

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

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll.

Findings

Aircraft
Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 83, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/29/2014
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 2248 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2100 hours (Total, this make and model), 2248 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 17 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 7 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0.5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N7711L
Model/Series: A185 E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1969
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 185-1521
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/06/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3200 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3485 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-520-D
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: KWMC, 4307 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1556 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: WINNEMUCCA, NV (WMC)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: WINNEMUCCA, NV (WMC)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0830 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: WINNEMUCCA MUNI (WMC)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 4307 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 02
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4800 ft / 75 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: 40.896667, -117.805833 (est)

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