Tuesday, July 07, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna A185E Skywagon, N3086W; accident occurred July 02, 2020 at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport (KMYF), San Diego County, California

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego, California

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: San Diego, California
Accident Number: WPR20CA204
Date & Time: July 2, 2020, 13:30 Local
Registration: N3086W
Aircraft: Cessna A185 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial 
Age: 36,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: December 7, 2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: October 15, 2019
Flight Time: (Estimated) 1400 hours (Total, all aircraft), 65 hours (Total, this make and model), 1350 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 110 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 60 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N3086W
Model/Series: A185 E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1972 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18502042
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel 
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: April 2, 2020 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3350 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 35 Hrs 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 7200 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: CONTINENTAL
ELT: C91 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: IO-520
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 275 Horsepower
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMYF,417 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 12:53 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 66°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 230° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 14°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Murrieta/Temecula, CA (F70 )
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Destination: San Diego, CA (MYF) 
Type of Clearance: VFR flight following
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Montgomery-Gibbs Executive MYF 
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 427 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 28L 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3401 ft / 60 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: Full stop;Straight-in

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 32.815834,-117.139442(est)

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – A private pilot landing a single-engine plane at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport was unscathed Thursday when the aircraft somersaulted on the runway, coming to rest on its roof, authorities reported.

The tail-over-nose crash of the Cessna A185E Skywagon at the Serra Mesa general-aviation municipal airport took place shortly after 1:30 p.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The pilot and sole occupant of the airplane was unhurt, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department reported.

A single fire engine remained at the scene until about 2 p.m. as a precaution, according to SDFRD public affairs.

The cause of the accident was under investigation.

The 48-year-old fixed-wing airplane is registered to an Alaska man, FAA records state.


SAN DIEGO — Crews responded to a plane crash Thursday at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport also known as Montgomery Field in the Kearny Mesa area of San Diego but were released from the scene a short time later, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. 

The light plane was flown by a private pilot who was trying to land the aircraft when it somersaulted onto its roof, authorities said. 

The crash of the Cessna A185E Skywagon was reported at the airport located at 3750 John. J. Montgomery Drive just after 1:30, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Fire crews arrived a few minutes later. A single fire engine remained at the scene until about 2 p.m. as a precaution, according to SDFRD public affairs. 

The pilot and sole occupant of the airplane was unhurt, SDFD reported.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation. The 48-year-old fixed-wing airplane is registered to an Alaska man, FAA records state. Details on the accident were not immediately available.


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