Sunday, July 12, 2020

Loss of Control in Flight: Cessna 182P Skylane, N7726M; accident occurred July 08, 2020 in Absarokee, Stillwater County, Montana

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Helena, Montana

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Absarokee, MT
Accident Number: WPR20CA217
Date & Time: 07/08/2020, 0930 MDT
Registration: N7726M
Aircraft: CESSNA 182
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The student pilot reported that during the landing approach he performed a "crab" maneuver to counter the left crosswind. Just prior to touchdown he applied full engine power with the intention of going around, but the airplane drifted left and stalled. The nosewheel and propeller hit the ground and the airplane nosed over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and empennage.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 76, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
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 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/22/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/24/2020
Flight Time: (Estimated) 76 hours (Total, all aircraft), 7 hours (Total, this make and model), 76 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 7 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N7726M
Model/Series: 182
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1975
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18263903
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/16/2020,
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3100 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2370 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-470-S
Registered Owner:On file
Rated Power: 230 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: BIL, 3623 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0853 MDT
Direction from Accident Site: 30°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / Clear Air
Wind Direction: 160°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / Moderate
Altimeter Setting: 29.89 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 8°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Columbus, MT (6S3)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Redman PVT, MT
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0915 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Redman Private (PVT)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf; Gravel
Airport Elevation: 4630 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry; Vegetation
Runway Used: 27
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3000 ft / 50 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: 45.499167, -109.435278 (est)

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