Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna A185E Skywagon, N3086W; accident occurred July 02, 2020 at Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport (KMYF), San Diego County, California

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego, California

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: San Diego, California
Accident Number: WPR20CA204
Date & Time: July 2, 2020, 13:30 Local
Registration: N3086W
Aircraft: Cessna A185 
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 was landing with a left crosswind. As the airplane was slowing, the left wing dropped and the airplane veered to the left. He attempted to correct the movement with full right aileron control, but the airplane continued to the left. The pilot reported that he then applied the brakes too hard, the airplane nosed over, and came to rest inverted. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the vertical stabilizer. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane 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 airplane control during landing with a crosswind and excessive braking action, which resulted in the airplane nosing over.


Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Aircraft Brake - Incorrect use/operation
Environmental issues Crosswind - Effect on equipment

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Landing-landing roll Nose over/nose down
Landing-landing roll Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial 
Age: 36,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: December 7, 2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: October 15, 2019
Flight Time: (Estimated) 1400 hours (Total, all aircraft), 65 hours (Total, this make and model), 1350 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 110 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 60 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N3086W
Model/Series: A185 E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1972 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18502042
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel 
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: April 2, 2020 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3350 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 35 Hrs 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 7200 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: CONTINENTAL
ELT: C91 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: IO-520
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 275 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: KMYF,417 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 12:53 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 66°
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: 230° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 14°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Murrieta/Temecula, CA (F70 )
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Destination: San Diego, CA (MYF) 
Type of Clearance: VFR flight following
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Montgomery-Gibbs Executive MYF 
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 427 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 28L 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3401 ft / 60 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: Full stop;Straight-in

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 32.815834,-117.139442(est)

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