Saturday, May 15, 2021

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna 305F, N60537; accident occurred May 16, 2020 at Waterbury-Oxford Airport (KOXC), New Haven County, Connecticut

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Bradley, Connecticut

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Oxford, CT
Accident Number: ERA20CA190
Date & Time: 05/16/2020, 1700 EDT
Registration: N60537
Aircraft: Cessna 305
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 tail-wheel equipped airplane reported that, during the landing roll, the airplane started to veer to the left, he corrected with right brake, the airplane then started to swerve, then ground looped to the right and the left wing struck the surface. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing. 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 directional control during the landing roll, which resulted in a groundloop.


Aircraft Directional control - Not attained/maintained
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll Loss of control on ground (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 61, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/27/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/14/2020
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 1025 hours (Total, all aircraft), 20 hours (Total, this make and model), 35 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 18 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N60537
Model/Series: 305 F
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2004
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: AR-9
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/12/2020, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 220 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-540-A4B5
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 250 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: OXC, 726 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1651 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 20°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 6000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Light and Variable /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Oxford, CT (OXC)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Oxford, CT (OXC)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1545 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Waterbury-Oxford (OXC)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 730 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 36
IFR Approach: None 
Runway Length/Width: 5801 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 41.478333, -73.135278 (est)

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