Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Cessna 182Q Skylane, N759AC: Accident occurred October 15, 2021 on Fire Island, Suffolk County, New York

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; Farmingdale, New York

2 BA Pilot NYC Corp

Location: Fire Island, New York
Accident Number: ERA22LA017
Date and Time: October 15, 2021, 15:00 Local 
Registration: N759AC
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Injuries: 3 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On October 15, 2021, about 1500 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 182Q, N759AC, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Fire Island, New York. The pilot and two passengers sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

According to the pilot, he was conducting an “introductory” flight for the two passengers around Long Island, New York. He stated that he was flying in cruise flight about 1,200 ft mean sea level when the engine started to lose power. He checked the fuel selector to confirm it was in the “both” position and verified that the mixture control was full forward, but the engine experienced a total loss of power. He tried to restart the engine two times and was unsuccessful and then attempted to land on a beach near Fire Island National Seashore. The pilot further stated that he made a normal landing on the beach; however, during the roll, the airplane contacted a hump in the sand, which caused the nose landing gear to collapse and the propeller and right wing to contact the ground.

Postaccident examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the right wing was creased, and the front and rear wing spars were bent.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N759AC
Model/Series: 182Q
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KISP,84 ft msl
Observation Time: 14:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C /16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 5000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 180°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.9 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 Minor 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 40.646052,-73.143694 (est)


  1. If that small amount of 100LL shown emptied in that clear plastic container is all that was left in the left wing and the fuel selector was feeding from the right, the "fuel problem" was found quickly.

  2. forgot the floats ..."over 20 years of experience, 2bapilot nyc Flight School located in Republic Airport, Farmingdale New York is servicing the New York Metropolitan area, since 1996. As one of the leading flight schools in NY, WE TRAIN FOR PRIVATE, INSTRUMENT, COMMERCIAL, flight instructor, ATP single, multi-engine, and sea plane rating." @2bapilotnyccom

  3. Guess I can take that one off my Trade-A-Plane watchlist.