Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Cessna 175 Skylark, N9235B: Incident occurred July 20, 2020 and Accident occurred July 01, 2019

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane

July 20, 2020: Aircraft incurred propeller strike on landing. 

Inceptus Inc

Date: 20-JUL-20

Time: 23:00:00Z
Regis#: N9235B
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 175
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
State: IDAHO

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane, Washington

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Coeur d'Alene, ID
Accident Number: GAA19CA381
Date & Time: 07/01/2019, 1550 PDT
Registration: N9235B
Aircraft: Cessna 175
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that, during landing in the tailwheel-equipped airplane with a crosswind, the airplane touched down on the main wheels and bounced. During the second bounce, he applied full back stick pressure to place the tailwheel on the ground. Aileron and directional control inputs were applied to counteract the gusting crosswind, but the airplane veered right, exited the runway, and ground looped. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing, horizontal stabilizer, and elevator. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's improper landing flare, which resulted in a bounced landing, and his subsequent failure to maintain directional control during landing with a gusting crosswind, which resulted in a ground-loop.


Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)
Landing flare - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Gusts - Effect on operation (Cause)
Crosswind - Effect on operation (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Abnormal runway contact
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Attempted remediation/recovery
Runway excursion
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 35, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/26/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/24/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 173 hours (Total, all aircraft), 11 hours (Total, this make and model), 62 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 11 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N9235B
Model/Series: 175 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1958
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 55035
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/27/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2350 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
Engine Model/Series: O-360-A1A
Registered Owner: Inceptus Inc
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: Inceptus Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCOE, 2307 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2256 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 168°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 11 knots / 14 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 280°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Coeur d'Alene, ID (COE)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Coeur d'Alene, ID (COE)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1500 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Coeur d'Alene Airport (COE)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 2320 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 20
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5400 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 47.774444, -116.819444 (est)

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