Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna A185F Skywagon, N34GE; accident occurred September 02, 2019 at San Carlos Airport (KSQL), San Mateo County, California

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: San Carlos, CA

Accident Number: GAA19CA523
Date & Time: 09/02/2019, 1840 PDT
Registration: N34GE
Aircraft: Cessna A185
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot in the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the landing roll, the airplane encountered a wind gust from the left. The pilot corrected with full application of the right rudder, but he did not stop the airplane's left veer. The airplane ground-looped to the left and the right wing stuck the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

The airport's METAR reported that about the time of the accident, the wind was from 260° at 8 knots. The pilot landed on runway 30.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 60, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/14/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/20/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1344 hours (Total, all aircraft), 207 hours (Total, this make and model), 40 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 13 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N34GE
Model/Series:A185 F 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1980
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18504129
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/01/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3362 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 6128.4 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C126 installed
Engine Model/Series: IO-550-D
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 300 hp
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: KSQL, 5 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0155 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 355°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 260°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.89 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 12°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: San Andres, CA (CPU)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: San Carlos, CA (SQL)
Type of Clearance: VFR; VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1755 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: San Carlos (SQL)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 5 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 30
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2621 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 37.511944, -122.249444 (est)

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