Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna 180, N4750B; accident occurred February 10, 2022 at Carrizozo Municipal Airport (F37), Lincoln County, New Mexico

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; Albuquerque, New Mexico 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Operator Does Business As: P J Killian Inc 

Location: Carrizozo, New Mexico
Accident Number: WPR22LA095
Date and Time: February 10, 2022, 14:30 Local
Registration: N4750B
Aircraft: Cessna 180 
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, during the landing roll, while attempting to arrest a developing ground loop, the airplane departed the runway onto grass. The airplane collided with a deep rut and spun around. The left wing dropped and contacted the ground, substantially damaging the left wing and left aileron. 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 failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll.


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

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Landing-landing roll Attempted remediation/recovery
Landing-landing roll Runway excursion

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 64, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 3 With waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: December 1, 2020
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: September 11, 2021
Flight Time: 1273 hours (Total, all aircraft), 30 hours (Total, this make and model), 1191 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N4750B
Model/Series: 180 F
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1955
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 31648
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: July 13, 2021 Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2650 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 35 Hrs 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3156 Hrs 
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O470
Registered Owner:
Rated Power: 225 Horsepower
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Does Business As: P J KILLIAN INC 
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSRR,6813 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 22 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 14:15 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 114°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility: 10 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: 
Temperature/Dew Point: 12.8°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Alamogordo, NM (KALM)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Carrizozo, NM (F37)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 14:00 Local 
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Carrizozo F37 
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 5400 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 24
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5359 ft / 75 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: Full stop; Traffic pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 33.383,-105.5237 (est)

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