Saturday, June 26, 2021

Nose Over: Cessna A185F Skywagon, N85DT; accident occurred June 05, 2021 in Chandalar Lake, Alaska

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; Fairbanks, Alaska
Location: Chandalar Lake, Alaska
Accident Number: ANC21LA045
Date and Time: June 5, 2021, 21:30 Local 
Registration: N85DT
Aircraft: Cessna A185F
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Nose over/nose down
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during landing after the tail had settled, he applied the brakes too hard. Subsequently, the airplane nosed over and came to rest inverted.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to left wing, right wing lift strut, and empennage.

The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

As a recommendation, the pilot added that he should not have applied the brakes as hard.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot’s over application of the brakes, which resulted in a nose over.


Aircraft Brake - Incorrect use/operation
Aircraft Surface speed/braking - Incorrect use/operation
Personnel issues Use of equip/system - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing Nose over/nose down (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 35, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: June 18, 2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: January 1, 2020
Flight Time: (Estimated) 213 hours (Total, all aircraft), 72 hours (Total, this make and model), 104 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 45 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 32 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N85DT
Model/Series: A185F
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1978
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18503474
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: January 25, 2021 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3350 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5050 Hrs as of last inspection 
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: C126 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: IO-520-D 139B
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 300 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: PFYU, 454 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 94 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 20:56 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 125°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.72 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Fairbanks, AK (MTF) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Chandalar Lake, AK 
Type of Clearance: VFR;Traffic advisory
Departure Time: 20:00 Local 
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Dirt; Gravel
Airport Elevation: 1920 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 03/21
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3000 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full stop; Traffic pattern

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: 67.50296,-148.4935 (est)

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