Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Collision with Terrain/Object (non-CFIT): Cessna 182E Skylane, N3208Y; accident occurred June 26, 2021 at Rigby Airport (U56), Ririe, Jefferson County, Idaho

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Hamilton Triple C Farms

Location: Ririe, Idaho
Accident Number: WPR21LA244
Date and Time: June 26, 2021, 17:15 Local
Registration: N3208Y
Aircraft: Cessna 182E 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that, during takeoff roll to the south from a grass runway, the airplane encountered a tailwind/downdraft, which resulted in the airplane using more runway. The pilot aborted the takeoff and let the airplane roll to a stop in an adjacent field, however, the airplane struck a ditch and subsequently nosed over. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing, right horizontal, and right elevator. 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 encounter with a tailwind during takeoff roll, which resulted in an aborted takeoff, collision with a ditch and subsequent nose over.


Personnel issues Decision making/judgment - Pilot
Personnel issues Use of equip/system - Pilot
Environmental issues Tailwind - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

History of Flight

Takeoff-rejected takeoff Runway excursion
Takeoff-rejected takeoff Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT) (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private 
Age: 55, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: None
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: July 1, 2021
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: July 5, 2021
Flight Time: 776.95 hours (Total, all aircraft), 506.25 hours (Total, this make and model), 750 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 19.58 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5.2 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0.75 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N3208Y
Model/Series: 182E 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1962
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 18254208
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle 
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: February 18, 2021 Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4789.97 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental Motors
ELT: C91A installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: O-470-R
Registered Owner:
Rated Power: 230
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: KRXE, 4862 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 17:53 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 340°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 10 knots / 18 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 40°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.19 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Ririe, ID 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Ririe, ID
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Private PVT
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 5000 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: S
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2500 ft / 60 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None
Latitude, Longitude: 43.611669,-111.69451

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