Sunday, May 03, 2020

Landing Gear Not Configured: Cessna A185E Skywagon 185, N1669M; accident occurred April 30, 2020 in Anoka, Minnesota

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Minnesota

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Location: ANOKA, MN
Accident Number: CEN20CA164
Date & Time: 04/30/2020, 1400 CDT
Registration: N1669M
Aircraft: Cessna A185
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear not configured
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 72, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/14/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/10/2018
Flight Time:  1823 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1238 hours (Total, this make and model), 1781 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N1669M
Model/Series: A185 E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1971
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18501861
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Float
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/14/2020, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3350 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3120 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: IO0520D
Registered Owner: C Y Transport Llc
Rated Power: 300 hp
Operator: C Y Transport Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KANE, 912 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1345 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 192°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 300°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / -3°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Minneapolis, MN (ANE)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Minneapolis, MN (ANE)
Type of Clearance: None 
Departure Time: 1300 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class E 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None 
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 45.295556, -93.173611 (est)

Carla Hylle sees a lot of airplanes land on Coon Lake, but she’d never seen one crash until Thursday, April 30th.

The Ham Lake resident was filling bird feeders outside her home on the south end of Coon Lake around 2 p.m. Thursday when, out of the corner of her eye, she saw a plane with floats swooping toward the water.

It was not a smooth landing.

“He hit and flipped, and it was a big noise,” she said. “A lot of people heard it, even across the street.”

Hylle ran for help, and area residents went out in a boat to help the pilot. Bob Leebens and Nick Graves were among them.

“I just pulled in the driveway, and I heard a bang,” Leebens said of the moment the crash happened.

Graves stripped and was ready to jump in the water to help the pilot.

When they reached the plane, another boater had already helped the pilot out of the water.

The pilot, identified by the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office as 72-year-old Paul Erwin Youngquist, of Coon Rapids, had only minor injuries. He was treated and released at the scene by Allina EMS.

Youngquist was the only person on board the Cessna A185E Skywagon 185.

He told authorities he was headed from Cambridge to the Anoka County-Blaine Airport when he decided to do a touch-and-go maneuver on Coon Lake. But the landing gear was down, and when it contacted the water, it apparently caused the plane to flip, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Gayle Johnson, another nearby resident, spoke with Youngquist after the incident. He told her he had the full harness on and knew he didn’t have much time to get out after the plane flipped.

“He said he popped the belt and tried the door, and it opened,” Johnson said.

Despite the ordeal, Youngquist seemed calm, according to witnesses.

“He didn’t seem too shaken,” Graves said.

Plans for recovery of the plane were already in process April 30th.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the crash, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has been notified, because the incident involves a body of water, according to Sheriff’s Office.

1 comment:

  1. Landing gear not retracted = instant crash upon water contact. Unfortunate mistake.


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