Saturday, August 08, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna T206H Turbo Stationair, N829PA; accident occurred August 01, 2020 at Bentonville Municipal Airport (KVBT), Benton County, Arkansas


Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Summit Aviation LLC

Location: Bentonville, Arkansas
Accident Number: CEN20CA349
Date & Time: July 31, 2020, 20:00 Local
Registration: N829PA
Aircraft: Cessna T206 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot reported landing "flat" and the airplane "bounced." After a second "bounce" the pilot initiated a go-around. However, when the nose landing gear contacted the runway a third time, the nose wheel "blew out." The airplane veered to the left, exited the runway pavement, and nosed over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage. The pilot observed no anomalies during the preflight inspection. A flight instructor who witnessed the accident stated that the airplane remained in a "nose down pitch attitude" until the nose wheel contacted the runway which caused the airplane to "bounce." After the third bounce, the nose wheel "blew out sending white smoke into the air."

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's misjudgment of the landing flare which resulted in a bounced landing.


Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Aircraft Landing flare - Not attained/maintained
Personnel issues Decision making/judgment - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-flare/touchdown Abnormal runway contact
Landing-aborted after
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Landing-aborted after
Runway excursion
Landing-aborted after
Nose over/nose down
Pilot Information
Certificate: Private Age: 40,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
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: August 28, 2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: December 20, 2019
Flight Time: 162.6 hours (Total, all aircraft), 11.1 hours (Total, this make and model), 54 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 20.3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N829PA
Model/Series: T206 H 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2009
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: T20608950
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: January 20, 2020 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3600 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 62 Hrs 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 731.5 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: TIO-540-AJ1A
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 310 Horsepower
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: VBT,1298 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 19:56 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 360°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 300° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 17°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Branson, MO (PLK)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Bentonville, AR (VBT)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 19:30 Local 
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Bentonville Muni/Louise M Thad VBT
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1298 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 36
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4426 ft / 65 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Go around; Traffic pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 36.345275,-94.219444(est)

BENTONVILLE, Arkansas — Emergency crews responded to the Bentonville Municipal Airport after a small plane blew a tire while landing.

According to airport manager Charles Chadwick, it was a single-engine plane that can seat two people.

Chadwick says the plane's front tire blew out during the landing. The tire dug into the ground and the plane flipped over.

No one was injured and the runway has been cleared.

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