Friday, February 26, 2021

Cessna 182F Skylane, N3209U: Accident occurred February 24, 2021 in Millville, Clayton County, Iowa

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.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Iowa

Location: Millville, IA 
Accident Number: CEN21LA138
Date & Time: February 24, 2021, 16:00 Local 
Registration: N3209U
Aircraft: Cessna 182F 
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On February 24, 2021, about 1600 central standard time, a Cessna 182F, N3209U, was involved in an accident near Milleville, Iowa. The commercial pilot and a passenger received minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot stated that during a cruise climb from the departure airport, the engine made a loud growling noise and lost power. He turned the magnetos off when he saw smoke near the propeller and trimmed the airplane for a best glide airspeed. He said there was no suitable landing area in front of the airplane, but there was a road to the left of the airplane for a forced landing. During the approach to
the road, he maneuvered the airplane below powerlines and avoided buildings before the airplane impacted the road and a snowbank. The airplane nosed over during the landing resulting in substantial damage to the fuselage and right wing and right wing strut.

The airplane was retained for further investigation.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N3209U
Model/Series: 182F 
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: DBQ,1076 ft msl 
Observation Time: 15:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -4°C /-3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 340°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Cassville, WI (C74)
Destination: Dubuque, IA (DBQ)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Unknown
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 42.7,91.0743 (est)

Clayton County Sheriff's Office

On February 25, 2021 at 7:59am, the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an airplane crash at the intersection of Pumpkin Ridge Road and Omega Road. Investigator’s determined that on February 24, 2021 at approximately 4:00pm, a 1963 single engine Cessna attempted to make an emergency landing on Omega Road. The aircraft traveled South on Omega through the intersection of Pumpkin Ridge Road where it struck a snow bank and overturned end to end coming to rest in a field. The pilot, 44 year old Joseph Bolton of Peosta and a passenger, 43 year old Eric Harbaugh of Russell, KS received minor injuries but did not require medical attention. The crash was reported to the FAA at the time of the crash. The FAA and the Clayton County Sheriff’s Office continue to investigate the cause of the crash.

-Sheriff Michael Tschirgi

MILLVILLE, Iowa — Two people suffered minor injuries when a plane crashed Wednesday afternoon in Clayton County.

Pilot Joseph Bolton, 44, of Peosta, and his passenger, Eric Harbaugh, 43, of Russell, Kan., were injured “but did not require medical attention,” according to a press release issued Thursday afternoon by the Clayton County Sheriff’s Department.

The release states that the crash of the Cessna 182F Skylane was reported at about 8 a.m. Thursday but occurred at about 4 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Pumpkin Ridge and Omega roads, just east of Millville.

Investigators concluded that the pilot attempted to make an emergency landing on Omega Road. The aircraft traveled south on Omega through the intersection of Pumpkin Ridge before striking a snowbank, overturning and coming to rest in a field.

The incident was reported to the Federal Aviation Administration at the time of the crash.

Both the FAA and sheriff’s department are investigating the incident.

CLAYTON COUNTY, Iowa (KCRG) - The Clayton County Sheriff’s Office and the FAA are investigating after an airplane crashed during an emergency landing.

A Cessna 182F Skylane tried to land on Omega Road in Millville.

The plane travelled south through the intersection of Pumpkin Ridge Road where it hit a snow bank causing it to flip landing in a field.

The pilot and passenger had minor injuries.

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