Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna A185E Skywagon 185, N2231T; accident occurred July 15, 2020 at Fulton County Airport (KRCR), Rochester, Indiana



Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:


Location: Rochester, Indiana
Accident Number: CEN20CA285
Date & Time: July 15, 2020, 16:40 Local
Registration: N2231T
Aircraft: Cessna A185
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 60,Male
Airplane Rating(s): 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): None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: November 6, 2019
Flight Time: 2112 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1144 hours (Total, this make and model), 2017 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 17 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Passenger Information

Certificate: Age:
Airplane Rating(s):
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s):
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification:
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N2231T
Model/Series: A185 E 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1968
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 185-1383
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: July 13, 2020 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3350 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5539 Hrs at time of accident 
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO520D
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 300 Horsepower
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: 
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility 6 miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None /
Wind Direction: 10°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Towanda, PA (N27)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Rochester, IN (RCR)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 13:30
Local Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: FULTON COUNTY RCR
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 789 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 11 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5001 ft / 75 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: 41.065555,-86.181663(est)

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