Monday, November 30, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna Ector 305A, N86WM; accident occurred July 17, 2020 at Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport (KGWS), Garfield County, Colorado




Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Pangaea Air Services Inc


Location: Glenwood Springs, CO
Accident Number: CEN20CA289
Date & Time: 07/17/2020, 0800 MDT
Registration: N86WM
Aircraft: CESSNA 305
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The airline transport pilot reported he was on a cross-country flight with a passenger. On approach, he followed an airplane established on a left downwind for the runway. The pilot extended the airplane's downwind to allow space for the landing airplane to clear the runway. The pilot elected to use the paved runway instead of the 800-ft grass landing area adjacent to the paved runway because of the clearing airplane. He subsequently lost directional control during the landing and the airplane exited the paved surface. A "juggle" of the pilot's feet on the rudder pedals occurred during the excursion, which resulted in "overbraking" and the airplane subsequently nosing over. The airplane sustained substantial fuselage and empennage damage. The pilot indicated that there were no mechanical malfunctions during the flight and his safety recommendation was, "Never underestimate a tailwheel airplane!" 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport
Age: 60, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Front
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 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/07/2020
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/31/2019
Flight Time: 7857 hours (Total, all aircraft), 750 hours (Total, this make and model), 6782 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 47 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 17 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Registration: N86WM
Model/Series:305 A 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:1967 
Amateur Built:No 
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number:2017 
Landing Gear Type:Tailwheel 
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/17/2020, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 6248 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C126 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: PPA-O-470-50
Registered Owner: Pangaea Air Services Inc
Rated Power: 275 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: KEGE, 6535 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Observation Time:0756 MDT 
Direction from Accident Site: 64°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.41 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / 6°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Aspen, CO (ASE)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Glenwood Springs, CO (GWS)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0730 MDT
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: GLENWOOD SPRINGS MUNI (GWS)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 5916 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 32
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3305 ft / 50 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

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: 39.506111, -107.309167 (est)

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