Tuesday, July 06, 2021

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna 180J, N7802K; accident occurred July 04, 2021 at Hunt Field Airport (KLND), Lander, Fremont County, Wyoming

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; Casper, Wyoming

Location: Lander, Wyoming
Accident Number: WPR21LA259
Date and Time: July 4, 2021, 08:12 Local
Registration: N7802K
Aircraft: Cessna 180J 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that, while landing, in a two-point attitude on the main landing gear, the airplane veered to the left. The pilot overcorrected with right rudder control and the airplane then began a hard right-hand turn which the pilot could not stop with full left rudder control. As the airplane continued the right turn, the airplane tipped up on the left-wing tip. The airplane exited the right side of the runway, impacted a fence, and came to rest upright. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings. 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 landing, which resulted in a runway excursion and impact with a fence.


Aircraft Directional control - Not attained/maintained
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Environmental issues Fence/fence post - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Landing Runway excursion
Landing Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline transport; Flight engineer; Private
Age: 56, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter 
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane; Helicopter
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 1 With waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: May 13, 2021
Occupational Pilot: Yes 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: November 21, 2020
Flight Time: (Estimated) 20000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 70 hours (Total, this make and model), 10000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 180 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 35 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 12 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N7802K
Model/Series: 180J 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1976
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18052736
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3190 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: as of last inspection 
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: O-470-50
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 265 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: LND ASOS,5587 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 07:53 Local 
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 110° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.24 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 10°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Lander, WY 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Lander, WY
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Lander Airport (Hunt Field) LND 
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 5587 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 3 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5007 ft / 100 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: Traffic pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude:  42.815385,-108.72856 (est)

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