Tuesday, July 06, 2021

Runway Excursion: Cessna A185F Skywagon, N1393F; accident occurred July 05, 2021 at Tatum Ranch Airport (26XS), Blanco County, Texas

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; San Antonio, Texas
Location: Blanco, Texas
Accident Number: CEN21LA317
Date and Time: July 5, 2021, 15:10 Local
Registration: N1393F
Aircraft: Cessna A185F
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Runway excursion
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that, before landing he observed a windmill located near the airstrip that was not rotating After landing long to avoid standing water, he felt as if the airplane began to accelerate. Unable to stop, the airplane continued off the end of the runway, through a fence, off an embankment, and onto a road. The pilot stated that upon exiting the airplane, he noticed about a 10-15 knot tailwind. A postaccident examination of the airplane revealed substantial damage to the gear box. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or anomalies 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 unexpected change in wind speed and direction during the landing which resulted a runway overrun.


Environmental issues Sudden wind shift - Effect on equipment
Aircraft Airspeed - Attain/maintain not possible
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll Runway excursion (Defining event)
Landing-landing roll Collision during takeoff/land

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline transport; Commercial; Flight engineer; Flight instructor
Age: 72, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Single-engine sea; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Glider
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane multi-engine; Airplane single-engine; Glider; Instrument airplane
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 2 Waiver time limited special
Last FAA Medical Exam: February 8, 2021
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: July 11, 2020
Flight Time: 28689 hours (Total, all aircraft), 374 hours (Total, this make and model), 7860 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 18 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N1393F
Model/Series: A185F NO SERIES 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1975
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 18502840
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: June 25, 2021 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3350 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 311 Hrs 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1620 Hrs at time of accident 
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: IO520D115B
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 300
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: KD2B 
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 14:55 Local
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3000 ft AGL
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 29.93 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 23°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Rockport, TX (KRKP)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Blanco, TX (PVT)
Type of Clearance: Traffic advisory
Departure Time: 14:00 Local
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Private PVT
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 1400 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Wet
Runway Used: 17 IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2000 ft / 100 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: 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: 30.100278,-98.437778 (est)

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