Saturday, November 28, 2020

Runway Excursion: Cessna A185F Skywagon 185, N185GK; accident occurred August 03, 2020 in Kalispell, Flathead County, Montana

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Helena, Montana

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Kalispell, MT
Accident Number: WPR20CA250
Date & Time: 08/03/2020, 0837 MDT
Registration: N185GK
Aircraft: Cessna A185
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Runway excursion
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of a tailwheel equipped airplane reported that, while on finial approach to land, the approach speed was too fast. During the landing roll on a wet 1,500 ft long grass runway, braking action was poor, and the pilot was unable to stop the airplane. Subsequently, the airplane overran the departure end of the runway and impacted a fence.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 65, Female
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s):None 
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/02/2020
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/07/2020
Flight Time: (Estimated) 24500 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1000 hours (Total, this make and model), 13000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 150 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 50 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N185GK
Model/Series: A185 F
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1978
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18503687
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/01/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3350 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2580 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-520-FCD
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: KGPI, 2973 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1455 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 347°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 60°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 12°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Stevensville, MT (32S)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Kalispell, MT (PVT)
Type of Clearance: VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 0745 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: PVT (PVT) 
Runway Surface Type:Grass/turf 
Airport Elevation: 2963 ft
Runway Surface Condition:Wet 
Runway Used: 12
IFR Approach:None 
Runway Length/Width: 1500 ft / 50 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 48.167222, -114.215000 (est)

1 comment:

  1. Appears touchdown on rwy 02. My estimate, overran departure end of the runway by at least 250 feet from an aerial view @
    FAA Identifier: 2MT0
    Runway Information
    Runway 2/20
    Dimensions: 1500 x 50 ft. / 457 x 15 m
    Surface: turf
    Traffic pattern: left left
    Obstructions: 50 ft. pline, 50 ft. from runway none
    Additional Remarks
    - LND RY 20, TKOF RY 02, RY 20 HAS 25 FT GRADE UP HILL.
    - FOR CD CTC SALT LAKE ARTCC AT 801-320-2568.


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