Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Cessna 182N Skylane, N9169G: Accident occurred June 22, 2020 in Imnaha, Wallowa County, Oregon

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Location: Imnaha, OR
Accident Number: WPR20LA194
Date & Time: June 22, 2020, 19:30 Local 
Registration: N9169G
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Injuries: 2 Serious, 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On June 23, 2020, about 1930 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 182, N9169G, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Imnaha, Oregon. The private pilot and front seat passenger were seriously injured; the rear seat passengers were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that he had visited several backcountry airports with his family during a planned long cross country in their personal airplane. After an uneventful flight, he overflew the runway at a planned intermediate stop and observed that the ground condition appeared dry. He landed uphill, on runway 17, but during the landing roll the right main landing gear became lodged in wet terrain. The pilot returned the airplane to centerline and pushed it to the departure end of runway 35 to prepare for a downhill departure. He walked the runway, but did not find any foreign object debris or soft terrain along the centerline. Additionally, his preflight inspection of the airplane and subsequent engine run-up were uneventful. He had computed his ground roll prior to their arrival, which showed that the airplane would require about 1,600 ft of the airport's 3,300 foot long runway to conduct the takeoff. During the ground roll, the pilot felt the airplane begin to lift off the ground early, so he maintained a nose low attitude to build up airspeed before starting a climb. When he reached midfield, the pilot suddenly felt the airplane slow down and assumed the landing gear had contacted the runway. He wanted to abort the takeoff, but instead decided to fly the airplane as it had suddenly started to climb. Nearing the end of the runway the pilot shoved the yoke forward after he heard the stall warning horn, but the airplane rolled to the right and impacted the ground.

Photographs provided by a first responder showed substantial damage to the wings, fuselage and empennage.

The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or anomalies with the airplane or engine that could have precluded normal operation. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N9169G
Model/Series: 182 N 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMYL,5013 ft msl
Observation Time: 19:51 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 41 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C /7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Imnaha, OR (25U)
Destination: LEWISTON, ID (KLWS)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious, 2 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious, 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 45.427776,-116.693885

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