Saturday, December 25, 2021

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna T206H Stationair, N302WD; accident occurred July 06, 2021 at Statesville Regional Airport (KSVH), Iredell County, North Carolina

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; Charlotte, North Carolina

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:
Location: Statesville, North Carolina
Accident Number: ERA21LA279
Date and Time: July 6, 2021, 14:30 Local 
Registration: N302WD
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground 
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that the airplane was at an excessive speed on final approach and landed hard. After the hard landing, the airplane bounced and touched down a second time. The pilot was unable to regain control of the airplane and it veered left off the runway and came to rest in a grassy area nose down. The pilot added that there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions. Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed substantial damage to the empennage and right wing.

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 while landing, which resulted in a runway excursion and collision with terrain.


Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Aircraft Directional control - Not attained/maintained

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-flare/touchdown Hard landing
Landing-landing roll Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Landing-landing roll Runway excursion
Landing-landing roll Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 63, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: None
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: September 26, 2020
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: October 25, 2020
Flight Time: 537 hours (Total, all aircraft), 22 hours (Total, this make and model), 455 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 7 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N302WD
Model/Series: T206 H 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2016
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: T20609241
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle 
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: July 2, 2021 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3600 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 0 Hrs 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 583 Hrs as of last inspection 
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: TIO-540
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 310 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: SVH,967 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 14:35 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 160° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C / 16°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Huntsville, AL (MDQ) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Statesville, NC
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 11:30 Local
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Statesville Regional Airport SVH
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 967 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 28 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 7003 ft / 100 ft VFR 
Approach/Landing: Traffic pattern

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: 35.765,-80.953889

1 comment:

  1. Almost six months ago. Sad. There is no shame in aborting the approach, go around, try it again. This will be etched in his permanent ROM cells forever . . . . .

    Just glad everyone's OK.