Saturday, December 25, 2021

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna A185F Skywagon, N1199Q; accident occurred July 03, 2021 at Hoonah Airport (PAOH), Alaska

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; Juneau, Alaska

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Hoonah, Alaska
Accident Number: ANC21LA051
Date and Time: July 3, 2021, 11:00 Local
Registration: N1199Q
Aircraft: Cessna A185F 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that after landing and during the rollout, he became distracted and failed to maintain directional control. The airplane exited the runway, rolled down an embankment and impacted terrain and was subsequently destroyed by post-crash fire. 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 pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during landing.


Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Personnel issues Attention - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll Loss of control on ground (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private 
Age: 63, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Single-engine sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None 
Second Pilot Present:
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 3 With waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: November 24, 2020
Occupational Pilot: UNK 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated) 2500 hours (Total, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N1199Q
Model/Series: A185F
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1977
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 18503469
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel 
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: November 15, 2020 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3350 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 8546.4 Hrs as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: Installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: IO 520 SERIES
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 300 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: PAOH, 0 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 14:56 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 97°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 3200 ft AGL 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 260° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Hoonah, AK
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Hoonah, AK
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: HOONAH HNH 
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 21 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 06/24 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3367 ft / 75 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: Full stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 58.09604,-135.40963 (est)

1 comment:

  1. ouch!
    $1/3 million hull loss due to an acknowledged unexplained distraction on roll out ...