Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Cessna 180K Skywagon, N13159: Accident occurred June 14, 2021 near Ohio State University Airport (KOSU), Columbus, Ohio

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; Columbus, Ohio

Location: Columbus, OH
Accident Number: CEN21LA265
Date & Time: June 14, 2021, 08:52 Local 
Registration: N13159
Aircraft: Cessna 180K 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On June 14, 2021, at 0852 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 180K, N13159, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Columbus, Ohio. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that she took off uneventfully and executed a climbing right turn before leveling off at 1,000 ft above ground level. Shortly thereafter, the airplane’s engine sputtered briefly. The pilot contacted air traffic control and initiated a 180° turn toward the airport when the engine lost all power.

She checked the magnetos, but to no avail. Unable to make it to the airport, the pilot initiated a slight left turn towards an open field; she also noted that airplane’s radios turned off. The airplane impacted a heavily wooded area short of the open field and descended to the ground below. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings and empennage.

The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N13159
Model/Series: 180K 
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: KOSU,905 ft msl 
Observation Time: 08:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C /14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 10000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 250°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.9 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Columbus, OH
Destination: Columbus, OH

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 40.07951,-83.07321 (est)

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