Sunday, May 05, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna U206F Stationair, N206JM; accident occurred August 15, 2018 at Barter Island Airport (PABA), Alaska

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

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Location: Barter Island, AK

Accident Number: GAA18CA491
Date & Time: 08/15/2018, 1709 AKD
Registration: N206JM
Aircraft: Cessna U206
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled 


The pilot reported that, while turning left from the runway onto a taxiway, a wind gust lifted the right wing and that the airplane then flipped over and came to rest off the taxiway. 

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

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

The airport’s automated weather observation station reported that, about 17 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 250° at 35 knots, gusting to 44 knots. The pilot landed the airplane on runway 25.

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 lateral control while taxiing in gusting wind conditions. 


Crosswind correction - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
High wind - Effect on operation
Gusts - Effect on operation
Crosswind - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Taxi-from runway
Other weather encounter
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)

Roll over

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 24, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/30/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/05/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1505.5 hours (Total, all aircraft), 305.1 hours (Total, this make and model), 557.6 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 261.1 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 127.5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N206JM
Model/Series: U206 F
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1973
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: U20602195
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 3
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/07/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3600 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 7317.8 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO 550-F35B
Registered Owner: Ground Imaging Inc
Rated Power: 300 hp
Operator: Ground Imaging Inc
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: PABA, 5 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0052 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 51°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 3500 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 35 knots / 44 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 250°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.42 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C / 4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Deadhorse, AK (SCC)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Barter Island, AK (BTI)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  AKD
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Gravel
Airport Elevation: 55 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 25
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4500 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 70.131944, -143.623889 (est)

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