Friday, December 20, 2019

Hard Landing: Cessna 182Q, N101SD; accident occurred September 24, 2019 at Curtis L. Brown Jr. Field (KEYF), Elizabethtown, Bladen County, North Carolina

View of destroyed airplane after postaccident fire. 
Federal Aviation Administration 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Accident Number: GAA19CA591
Date & Time: 09/24/2019, 1615 EDT
Registration: N101SD
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Defining Event: Hard landing
Injuries: 1 Serious, 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, during approach, he noticed the airplane was high, so he reduced power and lowered the nose. While correcting, he was talking to his passenger and became distracted. He realized he was not in a good landing attitude, so he added power and pulled back on the yoke. The airplane landed hard, which collapsed the nose landing gear and ruptured the fuel system. The airplane veered left and exited the runway onto the adjacent grass. The pilot and passengers egressed, and the airplane was destroyed in a postaccident fire.

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

The pilot added as a safety recommendation that maintaining a sterile cockpit must always be a priority during landing. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 64, 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: 08/26/2013
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/13/2014
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1936 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1.2 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N101SD
Model/Series: 182 Q
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1979
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18267059
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2350 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer:
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: Caines, Jerry A.
Rated Power:
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: KEYF, 133 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2015 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 39°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 7000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 320°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.83 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 16°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (EYF)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1530 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 132 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 33
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5006 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 None
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 34.601111, -78.578889 (est)

1 comment:

  1. Why would you lower the nose if your too high, so you can be too fast?