Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Abnormal Runway Contact: Cessna 180A, N5239D; accident occurred June 28, 2019 at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (KECP), Panama City, Bay County, Florida

View of damage to the left wing and aileron. 
Federal Aviation Administration 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Vestavia Hills, Alabama 

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Panama City, FL
Accident Number: GAA19CA415
Date & Time: 06/22/2019, 1555 EDT
Registration: N5239D
Aircraft: Cessna 180
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot in the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, he performed a wheel landing on the concrete runway surface. During the landing roll, with the tailwheel on the ground, the airplane swerved to the right and he corrected with left rudder and left brake. The airplane's left wing and left elevator struck the ground. He was able to regain control of the airplane and taxi to the parking.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport
Age: 72, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; 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: 04/11/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/21/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 26500 hours (Total, all aircraft), 2000 hours (Total, this make and model), 24500 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 12.1 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 7.1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 5.3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N5239D
Model/Series: 180 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1957
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 50137
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/14/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2650 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5342 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-470-K
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 230 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: KECP, 69 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2053 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 145°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3100 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 12 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 210°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 24°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Alexandria, LA (AEX)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Panama City, FL (ECP)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1305 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Northwest Florida Beaches Intl (ECP)
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 68 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 16
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 10000 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

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: 30.358333, -85.795556 (est)

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