Sunday, September 13, 2020

Cessna 182K Skylane, N2625Q: Accident occurred September 08, 2020 at Four Corners Airport (14AK), Palmer, Alaska

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.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

Location: Palmer, AK
Accident Number: ANC20CA090
Date & Time: September 8, 2020
Registration: N2625Q
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Injuries: N/A
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N2625Q
Model/Series: 182 K 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
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Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: N/A
Latitude, Longitude: 61.519962,-149.570968 (est)

PALMER, Alaska — After a pilot was unable to stop his airplane on a private airstrip along the Palmer-Wasilla Highway near four corners on Tuesday, midday drivers along the highway slowed to examine the near miss plane crash as they passed.

According to the Alaska State Troopers, 75-year-old Robert Cardwell of Palmer was unable to stop his Cessna 182K Skylane landing at the airstrip adjacent to Three Bears along the Palmer-Wasilla Highway.

Cardwell’s plane came to a stop after skidding past the airstrip and colliding with the chain-link fence along the bike path on the North side of the Palmer-Wasilla Highway at 1:02 p.m.

Troopers report that the Federal Aviation Administration was notified of the aircraft and no injuries were reported.

The aircraft itself suffered significant damage and was removed late in the afternoon on Tuesday.


  1. That is airport 14AK, 1300 feet long 18/36, next door to three bears grocery. His plane has the Robertson STOL system on it.

    "Skidding past the airstrip" makes it sound like there is an overrun area. Here is a streetview look:,-149.2483931,3a,75y,9.98h,77.94t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s_HfC194DgH31k_tgHvlcXA!2e0!!7i13312!8i6656

  2. Wow that's a crazy location for a short strip and a gravel short one at that for very challenging braking on the best of landings. Power lines next to the road on the south end meaning they can only take off and land to the north which itself has trees off the end. No wonder they need STOL help there. I know this is Alaska where anything goes to "make it happen" but wow.