Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Cessna 182P, N7317Q: Accident occurred June 04, 2019 at Elsanor Airport (1AL4), Robertsdale, Baldwin County, Alabama

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Birmingham, Alabama

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Robertsdale, AL

Accident Number: ERA19TA185
Date & Time: 06/04/2019, 0800 CDT
Registration: N7317Q
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 4, 2019, about 0800 central daylight time, a Cessna 182P, N7317Q, was substantially damaged while landing at Elsanor Airport (1AL4), Robertsdale, Alabama. The private pilot incurred minor injuries. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the flight that departed Bob Sikes Airport (CEW), Crestview, Florida about 0715.

The private pilot reported that during arrival into 1AL4, he approached runway 27, a grass field about 2,400 ft long with tall trees on the approach end. During final approach, the flaps were fully extended over the tree line and then the airplane floated before touching down about one-quarter of the way down the runway. He retracted the flaps and held up elevator, but the grass was wet and the airplane would not stop. The pilot added left rudder to turn the airplane to keep it from travelling across a road. The airplane then struck a ditch on the departure end of the runway before coming to rest upright. The pilot added that there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions with the airplane. After the pilot reviewed GPS tracklog data for the flight following the accident, he realized that the airplane may have floated past the first quarter of the runway before touching down.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed damage to the empennage, horizontal stabilizer, engine mount, and firewall. There were multiple buckles in the airframe from the engine and down the length of the fuselage. The right landing gear was bent aft and the nose landing gear was sheared off.

The recorded weather at CQF, located about 17 nautical miles west of the airport, at 1255, included calm winds, visibility 10 miles and a clear sky, temperature 28° C, dewpoint 25° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.02 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N7317Q
Model/Series:182 P 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Big Sky Flight Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: CQF, 91 ft msl
Observation Time: 0755 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 25°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Crestview, FL (CEW)
Destination: Robertsdale, AL (1AL4) 

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: 30.543333, -87.564722

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