Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Wrong Surface or Wrong Airport: Cessna 175A Skylark, N7023E; accident occurred March 22, 2020 at Soldotna Airport ( PASX), Alaska

View of airplane inverted.

View of damaged left wing.
Federal Aviation Administration

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Juneau, Alaska

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

https://registry.faa.gov/N7023E

Location: Soldotna, AK 
Accident Number: ANC20CA036
Date & Time: 03/22/2020, 1220 AKD
Registration: N7023E
Aircraft: CESSNA 175
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Wrong surface or wrong airport
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Flight Test 

The pilot reported that, the day of the accident about 6 inches of fresh snow covered the surface of the airport. He added that during the approach to land, he lined up with what he thought was the appropriate runway, slowed the airplane, and applied flaps. Upon touchdown in the wheel-equipped airplane, the nose wheel "dug" into the snow, and the airplane nosed over. The pilot reported that he had unintentionally landed on the ski-strip which had accumulated about 24 inches of snow, and not the intended runway. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Private
Age: 46, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/01/2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 12/01/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 23000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 200 hours (Total, this make and model), 22700 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 400 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 120 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N7023E
Model/Series: 175 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1960
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 56523
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats:
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: GO-300
Registered Owner: SUNDE VIOLA M
Rated Power: 145 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: PASX, 113 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1956 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 314°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 80°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.49 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 1°C / -6°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Soldotna, AK (SXQ)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Soldotna, AK (SXQ)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1210 AKD
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Airport Information

Airport: SOLDOTNA (SXQ)
Runway Surface Type: Dirt; Gravel; Ice; Snow
Airport Elevation: 113 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Snow
Runway Used: 7S
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2300 ft / 60 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: 60.475278, -151.032500 (est)

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