Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Cessna 180, N75077: Accident occurred June 29, 2019 at Pickens County Airport (KLQK), South Carolina

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbia, South Carolina

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


Location: Pickens, SC
Accident Number: ERA19TA216
Date & Time: 06/29/2019, 1145 EDT
Registration: N75077
Aircraft: Cessna 180
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 29, 2019, about 1145 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 180, N75077, was substantially damaged during landing at Pickens County Airport (LQK), Pickens, South Carolina. The airline transport pilot and three passengers were not injured. The airplane was privately owned and operated as a personal flight under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

The pilot stated he departed runway 23,flew once around the traffic pattern and returned to land. When he lowered the tailwheel after landing, the airplane veered left. He added power to go around; however, the airplane veered left again and stalled.

The front seat passenger stated after landing she heard a "beeping alarm" and then the airplane began veering left. She stated that "once the alarm went off, it stalled and crashed."

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the airplane's left outboard wing was crushed upward, the nose was damaged, and the left main landing gear had separated.

The four-seat airplane was built in 1953. It was equipped with a Continental O-470, 225 horsepower engine. The most recent annual inspection was completed on March 14, 2019.

The pilot held an airline transport pilot certificate with a rating for airplane multi-engine land, and a commercial certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. He also held a flight instructor certificate with ratings for airplane single and multi-engine land, and instrument airplane. His most recent FAA second-class airman medical certificate was issued June 25, 2018, at which time he reported 300 total flight hours.

At 1135, the weather conditions reported at LQK included calm wind, visibility 10 statute miles, clear skies, temperature 30°C, dew point 20°C, and an altimeter setting of 30.21 inches of mercury.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N75077
Model/Series: 180 Undesignated
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: KLQK, 1014 ft msl
Observation Time: 1135 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / 20°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.21 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Pickens, SC (LQK)
Destination: Pickens, SC (LQK) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None
Latitude, Longitude: 34.812778, -82.699722 (est)

A pilot was uninjured after a hard landing at the Pickens County Airport, according to firefighters.

Firefighters with the Liberty Fire Department said it happened around 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

The pilot had trouble landing, hit hard and lost a tire, causing the plane to run off a runway, firefighters said.

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