Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Landing Gear Collapse: Cessna 207A Stationair 8, N207RB, accident occurred June 06, 2017 in Homer, Alaska

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

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Homer, AK

Accident Number: GAA17CA353
Date & Time: 06/06/2017, 1615 ADT
Registration: N207RB
Aircraft: CESSNA 207
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear collapse
Injuries: 5 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled


The pilot reported that, while landing on a beach, he "felt a significant push to the right toward the water and was concerned with going into the water" ... He added that he initiated a go-around, but the nose wheel "caught and apparently broke off".

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

The pilot reported that there were 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 decision to land on unsuitable terrain, which resulted in the nosewheel breaking and a subsequent noseover. 


Personnel issues
Decision making/judgment - Pilot (Cause)
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues 

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-aborted after touchdown
Landing gear collapse
Dragged wing/rotor/float/other

Nose over/nose down

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 47, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/11/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/21/2017
Flight Time: (Estimated) 1409 hours (Total, all aircraft), 11 hours (Total, this make and model), 1248 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 47 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 22 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N207RB
Model/Series: 207 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1980
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 20700606
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 11/03/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3800 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 21450.2 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C126 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: IO-520F
Rated Power: 300 hp
Operator: Northair, INC.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter Air Carrier (135)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: 8NIA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PALJ, 260 ft msl
Observation Time: 0058 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 41 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 300°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / 8°C
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 7000 ft agl
Visibility:  30 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots, 70°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.73 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: KENAI, AK (ENA)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Destination: Homer, AK
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1536 ADT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 4 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 5 None
Latitude, Longitude: 59.866111, -153.118611 (est)

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