Thursday, December 23, 2021

Cessna 182E Skylane, N3186Y: Accident occurred July 31, 2021 at Eugene Airport (KEUG), Oregon

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; Portland, Oregon

Location: Eugene, Oregon
Accident Number: WPR21LA344
Date and Time: July 31, 2021, 10:07 Local 
Registration: N3186Y
Aircraft: Cessna 182E
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On July 31, 2021, about 1007, a Cessna 182E, N3186Y, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Eugene, Oregon. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot stated that he landed the airplane on the main landing gear, and then allowed the nose wheel to settle onto the runway. As soon as it did, the airplane veered to the right and then left. He applied corrective rudder control inputs, and the airplane then veered more violently to the left, until it was perpendicular to the runway centerline. The right wing then dropped, and the wingtip struck the ground as the airplane came to rest.

The pilot stated that the airplane swerved aggressively while he landed at another airport earlier in the day, however strong gusting winds were present at that time, and he assumed that was the reason for the diversion.

The airplane was equipped with a modified nosewheel assembly, installed in accordance with Airglas Inc. supplemental type certificate SA02069AK. The installation called for the replacement of the original nose gear fork assembly, with one designed for a Piper PA32, which allowed for a larger 8.50-6 tire. The STC resulted in a 4-inch increase in nose gear height.

The STC’s flight manual supplement stated the following regarding in-flight procedures:

“Landing: The Nose Fork and 8.50-6 tire increases the length of the nose gear by approximately 4". Pilots should ensure that all landings are accomplished in a nose high attitude similar to the soft field approach attitude.


During landing there is an increased possibility of wheelbarrowing or porpoising during landing. Pilots should ensure that all landings are accomplished in a nose high attitude similar to the soft field approach attitude.”

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N3186Y
Model/Series: 182E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KEUG,353 ft msl
Observation Time: 09:54 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C /14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 14000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 230°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 18000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: The Dalles, OR (KDLS)
Destination: Eugene, OR

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: 44.124583,-123.21197 (est)

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