Sunday, January 02, 2022

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna 182P Skylane, N47UP; accident occurred May 31, 2021 at McClellan-Palomar Airport (KCRQ), Carlsbad, San Diego County, California

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; San Diego, California

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Superfast Skylane LLC
Location: Carlsbad, California
Accident Number: WPR21LA217
Date and Time: May 31, 2021, 08:34 Local 
Registration: N47UP
Aircraft: Cessna 182 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional


The solo student pilot reported that, during the approach for landing, she was slightly low and added power before touchdown. When the airplane touched down, it bounced, and she increased engine power. The airplane subsequently veered to the left. She then applied right rudder control, but the airplane exited the runway to the left and impacted runway signs. The engine mounts were substantially damaged. The student pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures 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 student pilot’s improper landing flare, which resulted in a bounced landing and subsequent loss of directional control.


Personnel issues Decision making/judgment - Student/instructed pilot
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Student/instructed pilot
Aircraft Landing flare - Not attained/maintained
Environmental issues Sign/marker - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-flare/touchdown Loss of control on ground (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 49, Female
Airplane Rating(s): None 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 3 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: April 1, 2021
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated) 32 hours (Total, all aircraft), 7.3 hours (Total, this make and model), 0.3 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 32 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 14.1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0.9 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N47UP
Model/Series: 182 P
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1976
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 182649594
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle 
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: April 15, 2021 100 hour 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2950 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 14.4 Hrs
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1362.3 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: D-470-S
Registered Owner:
Rated Power: 230 Horsepower
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCRQ, 328 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 07:53 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 105°
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Visibility: 6 miles
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.97 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / 12°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: Moderate - None - Haze
Departure Point: Carlsbad, CA 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Carlsbad, CA
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 330 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 24 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4897 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Touch and go; Traffic pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 33.12825,-117.28008(est)


  1. So she had 31 hours total time before released for solo, with only 7.2 hours in this type meaning she learned in something else before solo sign off.

    That's on the upper time spectrum when most students get signed off before 20 hours. Clearly she was NOT ready. My other question is why was she was getting her initial training in the higher powered 182 and not a slower and more forgiving 152 or 172 to sign off for solo or whatever she was initially learning those 25 hours in. If she bought the plane in a partnership and was in a rush to get signed off for it, which is what it sounds like, she didn't think things through too well. Learn to crawl before you walk in aviation.

  2. Having that many hours before being OK to solo is usually a sign that you should not be flying.