Monday, May 6, 2019

Cessna A185F Skywagon 185, registered to a private individual and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal cross-county flight, N185FT: Accident occurred May 04, 2019 at Glacier Park International Airport (KGPI), Kalispell, Montana

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Helena, Montana

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N185FT

Location: Kalispell, MT
Accident Number: WPR19LA134
Date & Time: 05/04/2019, 1146 MDT
Registration: N185FT
Aircraft: Cessna A185
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 4, 2019, about 1146 mountain daylight time, a Cessna A185F airplane, N185FT, sustained substantial damage during a loss of directional control and subsequent runway excursion, while landing at Glacier Park International Airport (GPI), Kalispell, Montana. The airline transport pilot and pilot rated passenger were not injured. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal cross-county flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from Polson Airport (8S1), Polson, Montana, about 1100.

According to the pilot, the landing was normal and on centerline, but shortly thereafter, he lost directional control of the tail wheeled equipped airplane, and veered off the right side of the runway, despite his left rudder inputs. The pilot believed there was an issue with the tailwheel. He stated that the airplane came to rest about halfway down, and 10 ft off the edge of runway 20.

Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed substantial damage to the left wing. The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N185FT
Model/Series: A185 F
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: GPI, 2977 ft msl
Observation Time: 1155 MDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C / 1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.9 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Polson, MT (8S1)
Destination: Kalispell, MT (GPI)

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:  48.310556, -114.256111 (est)

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