Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Cessna A185F Skywagon 185, N5418E: Accident occurred August 15, 2020 at Sugar Land Regional Airport (KSGR), Houston, Texas

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.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas


Location: Sugar Land, TX
Accident Number: CEN20LA338
Date & Time: 08/15/2020, 1150 CDT
Registration: N5418E
Aircraft: Cessna A185F
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On August 15, 2020, about 1150 central daylight time, a Cessna A185F, N5418E, received substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Sugar Land, Texas. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot stated that when he applied full throttle for takeoff, all engine instrument indications were normal. He said the liftoff and initial climb were normal but when he made a right turn toward the destination airport, the engine lost power. He said the cockpit throttle, mixture, and propeller controls were full forward. He said the airplane airspeed was "decaying fast" after the power loss. He chose a grass area next to runway 17 at the departure airport to land the airplane. In the final turn toward the grass area, he selected full wing flaps and tried to slow the airplane speed as much as possible without encountering an aerodynamic stall. He said the airplane stalled while trying to cross a small ditch near the grass area, and the airplane then impacted terrain and skidded about 100 ft before coming to rest. The airplane sustained substantial damage, which included damage to the lower fuselage structure.

The airplane was recovered for later examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:Cessna
Registration: N5418E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Pilot
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: SGR, 81 ft msl
Observation Time: 1053 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 24°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2900 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 220°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Sugar Land, TX (SGR)
Destination: Cypress, TX (TS07)

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: 29.622222, -95.656667 (est)

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