Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Cessna TR182 Turbo Skylane RG, N5JB: Accident occurred June 30, 2019 at Lincoln Airport (S69), Lewis and Clark County, Montana

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Lincoln, MT
Accident Number: WPR19LA184
Date & Time: 06/30/2019, 1125 MDT
Registration: N5JB
Aircraft: Cessna TR182
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 30, 2019, about 1125 mountain daylight time, a Cessna TR182 airplane, N5JB, was substantially damaged during an attempted go-around at Lincoln Airport (S69) Lincoln, Montana. The private pilot/owner received minor injuries, and his pilot-rated passenger was uninjured. The airplane incurred substantial damage to the wings, fuselage, and empennage. The airplane was being operated under the provisions of Title14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions were reported at the airport about the time of the accident. No flight plan was filed for the flight. The flight originated from Deer Lodge-City-County Airport (38S), Deer Lodge, Montana.

According to the pilot, the accident flight was planned to be a day trip from 38S to S69.The approach to S69 runway 22 was normal; the winds were "a little gusty" but deemed acceptable by the pilot. In his initial verbal statement to the NTSB shortly after the accident, the pilot reported that he used 40° of flaps and 65 knots for his final approach. The airplane "floated" down the runway, so the pilot made the decision to execute a go-around. He applied "full power" to the engine, but "it" didn't respond. When questioned what he meant by "it" - whether the engine did not power up, or the airplane did not accelerate - the pilot responded that he "didn't really know." The airplane "kept sinking" and made a "hard landing" on the runway. The airplane might have bounced and then struck the runway again - the pilot was not certain about the sequence of events. The pilot then lost control of the airplane and it veered to the left. The airplane nosed over onto its back when it departed the paved runway surface, and came to rest just beyond the edge of the runway.

In his subsequent written statement to the NTSB, the pilot reported that as he was starting to flare he "experienced a[n] unexpected wind gust." He then decided to conduct a go-around; he "applied power but [the] engine did not respond." He then elected to conduct a landing on the remaining runway but the "nose gear collapsed," and control was lost after that.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with an airplane single-engine land and instrument-airplane ratings. He reported that he had about 360 hours total flight experience, including about 58 hours in the accident airplane make and model. He reported that he was operating under the provisions of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) "BasicMed" program since September 2017, and that his most recent flight review was completed in April 2018.

FAA records indicated that the airplane was manufactured in 1979, and was equipped with a Lycoming O-540 series engine. The airplane was registered to the pilot in February 2018. The pilot reported that the airframe had a total time (TT) in service of about 2,767 hours, and that the engine had a TT of about 2,774 hours, including about 737 hours since overhaul.

S69 was situated at an elevation of 4,603 ft above mean sea level. Runway 22 was asphalt, and measured 75 ft by 4,239 ft. S69 was not equipped with an air traffic control tower, or any weather information sensing, recording, or broadcast equipment. The airport is equipped with a wind indicator and a segmented circle.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N5JB
Model/Series: TR182 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator:On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Departure Point: Deer Lodge, MT (38S)
Destination: Lincoln, MT (S69) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
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