Sunday, November 08, 2020

Cessna 180H, N926LL: Accident occurred September 30, 2020 at Tok Junction Airport (PFTO), 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.

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

Location: Tok, AK
Accident Number: ANC20LA100
Date & Time: September 30, 2020, 19:15 Local
Registration: N926LL
Aircraft: Cessna 180 Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:

On September 30, 2020, about 1940 Alaska daylight time, a Cessna 180H airplane, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident at Tok Junction Airport, Tok, Alaska. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, she was landing her tailwheel-equipped airplane on an asphalt surfaced runway. After a normal touchdown in the three-point attitude, the airplane drifted to the left and right of the runway centerline but was corrected each time with the light application of the appropriate rudder pedal. As the airplane decelerated and rudder effectiveness diminished, the airplane veered abruptly to the right and left rudder was applied but was unsuccessful in controlling the airplane. The airplane exited the runway and the left main gear separated from the gear box resulting in substantial damage to the fuselage.

An initial examination of the airplane revealed that the tailwheel rotated freely to the right but would not rotate to the left. A detailed examination of the tailwheel is pending.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N926LL
Model/Series: 180 H 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAOR,1713 ft msl
Observation Time: 18:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 34 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 6°C /-1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 330°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.67 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Willow, AK (PAUO)
Destination: Tok, AK

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 63.329514,-142.95368

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