Sunday, June 02, 2019

Landing Gear Collapse: Cessna 182T Skylane, N6167L, accident occurred June 30, 2018 at East Georgia Regional Airport (KSBO), Swainsboro, Emanuel County, Georgia

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Swainsboro, GA
Accident Number: GAA18CA449
Date & Time: 06/30/2018, 1700 EDT
Registration: N6167L
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear collapse
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that rain showers were present in the vicinity of his destination airport, so he diverted and landed at a nearby airport. During the approach, the pilot felt the airplane was being pushed forward and saw an increase in indicated airspeed and nose down attitude. He continued the approach and upon touchdown, the airplane landed hard on the nosewheel first and after a subsequent bounce, he initiated a go-around. He then re-entered the pattern, approached the same runway and upon touchdown, the nose landing gear collapsed, and airplane exited the runway to the left into a ditch.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the nose landing gear tunnel.

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

The automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about 7 minutes prior to the accident, the wind was from 100° at 7 knots. The airplane landed on runway 32.

The pilot added that he believed the airplane's nose landing gear was damage during the initial landing. He further stated that, after landing, the windsock was discovered to be damaged, and not indicating wind direction properly. However, the airport's AWOS was accessible by aircraft radio.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 37, 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 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/28/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N6167L
Model/Series: 182 T
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2004
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18281380
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2348 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-540 SER
Registered Owner: Eastern Cincinnati Aviation Inc
Rated Power:
Operator: Sporty's Academy
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSBO, 329 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2053 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 180°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 100°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 34°C / 23°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Batavia, OH (I69)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Jacksonville, FL (CRG)
Type of Clearance: VFR; VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1400 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: East Georgia Regional (SBO)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 327 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 32
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6021 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in

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:  32.609167, -82.370000 (est)


  1. Those windsocks with holes in them will rip your landing gear off.

  2. I don't even know what to say about this one, other than there are ways to tell which way the wind is blowing.

  3. C182, 6,000 foot runway, 7 knot tailwind... yep its the windsock's fault. If anyone is interested in flying this piece of history you can do so for the low low price of $199 per hour at Sporty's Flight Academy! ""

  4. Yes, the flag next to windsock.


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