Sunday, September 13, 2020

Cessna 195, N3869V: Incident occurred September 08, 2020 and Accident occurred March 02, 2016

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

September 08, 2020: Aircraft landed and ground looped and veered off runway into the grass at Blairsville Airport (KDZJ), Union County, Georgia

Date: 08-SEP-20
Time: 18:55:00Z
Regis#: N3869V
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 195
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

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

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Clinton, AR
Accident Number: GAA16CA144
Date & Time: 03/02/2016, 1530 CST
Registration: N3869V
Aircraft: CESSNA 195
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that during the landing roll in gusty wind conditions, the airplane veered off the runway to the left, despite him "standing" on the right brake with full right rudder applied.  The pilot further reported that he did not apply enough back pressure to enable the tailwheel steering to lock. The airplane ground looped, and slid into a fence. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

According to the pilot there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain direction control during the landing roll, which resulted in runway excursion, and collision with a fence.


Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Other weather encounter
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)

Landing-landing roll
Other weather encounter
Runway excursion
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT) 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Commercial; Flight Engineer
Age: 62, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed:No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/18/2016
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 12/13/2015
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 26940 hours (Total, all aircraft), 37.25 hours (Total, this make and model), 11890 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 127.4 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 47.51 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2.66 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N3869V
Model/Series: 195
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 7330
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 5
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/11/2015, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3550 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3732.17 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: JACOBS
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: R755A-2
Registered Owner:On file 
Rated Power: 300 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: KCCA, 516 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2335 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 218°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  8 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 140°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / 1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: MARSHALL, AR (4A5)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Clinton, AR (2A2)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1520 CST
Type of Airspace: Class G; Military Operation Area

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1269 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 23
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4795 ft / 50 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop 

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:  35.652500, -92.400278 (est)

1 comment:

  1. Cessna195 has “educated” a lot of experienced pilots landing in gusty crosswind conditions.