Friday, March 19, 2021

Cessna 182K Skylane, N2548R: Accident occurred March 18, 2021 at North Las Vegas Airport (KVGT), Clark County, Nevada

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; Las Vegas, Nevada Location: Las Vegas, NV
Accident Number: WPR21LA184
Date & Time: March 18, 2021, 16:00 Local 
Registration: N2548R
Aircraft: Cessna 182K 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On March 18, 2021, about 1600 Pacific standard time, a Cessna 182K airplane, N2548R, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Las Vegas, Nevada. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that prior to departure, he performed a preflight inspection of the airplane for the approximate 30 nm flight, at which time he observed 13 gallons in the left and right fuel tanks (totaling 26 gallons) using both a dipstick and the fuel quantity indicators. He did not notice any evidence of a fuel leak during his walkaround inspection of the airplane. After engine start, an engine run-up was accomplished, and the pilot departed the airport with the fuel selector in the BOTH position. At the time, the fuel quantity indicator showed that his fuel level was just below half full in each fuel tank.

About 7 minutes into the flight, the pilot observed the fuel gauges fluctuating between 1/4 and 3/8 full for both fuel tanks. The pilot reported that he was not concerned at the time as he was close to his destination. However, about 2 nm from his destination the pilot observed that the fuel level had dropped to below 1/4 in both fuel tanks. The pilot started his approach for his destination airport by following his pre-landing checklist. He subsequently received instruction from the airport traffic controller to land on runway 12R, but when he entered the airport traffic pattern, the pilot observed that the fuel quantity had further decreased. During his turn to the base leg of the traffic pattern, the engine experienced a total loss of power. The pilot notified the airport traffic controller of the power loss, and during the subsequent forced landing, the airplane landed hard in dirt about 700 ft short of runway 12R and came to
rest in the upright position.

The airplane’s fuselage was substantially damaged.

The airplane was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N2548R
Model/Series: 182K 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
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: VGT,2205 ft msl 
Observation Time: 15:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C /-4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 12000 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Non
e Visibility:
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Sandy Valley, NV (3L2)
Destination: Las Vegas, NV

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 36.216047,-115.20444 (est)

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