Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Cessna 305A Bird Dog (0-1E), N305SU: Accident occurred August 27, 2022 at Rexburg-Madison County Airport (KRXE), Idaho

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

Investigator In Charge (IIC): Johnson, Scott

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City


Location: Rexburg, Idaho 
Accident Number: WPR22LA319
Date and Time: August 27, 2022, 09:17 Local
Registration: N305SU
Aircraft: Cessna 305C (0-1E)
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N305SU
Model/Series: 305C (0-1E) 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KRXE,4858 ft msl 
Observation Time: 08:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C /8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 43.761667,-111.85027 (est)

Aircraft on landing and flipped over. 

Date: 27-AUG-22
Time: 15:17:00Z
Regis#: N305SU
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 305
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
State: IDAHO


  1. Sad to see so many nice tail draggers being wrecked by pilots who don't have the requisite skills. The Bird Dog, due in part to its very 'springy' gear, is one of the more challenging TDs to master, but like any other, once the proper technique is mastered it is quite well behaved. There are some excellent YT videos on the subject. Got about 200 very happy hrs in 'em towing gliders, with almost every landing in gusty crosswinds And, please spare me "the brakes locked up" excuse, as they tend to do that if one doesn't keep one's heels on the floor.

    1. Pardon me but were you there? “Don’t have the requisite skills”? Do you know this pilot? This was a highly skilled and experienced aviator that happened to roll across and sink in an unseen mud hole on an otherwise fine grass runway. Could’ve even happened to an ace like you, “200 hrs in ‘em”… jeez. Act like a professional and learn the circumstances before you slam a fellow aviator.

  2. Lived there in college, winds can be brutal there, wonder if it played a factor.

  3. Had to have been a gust of wind. My C-120 does well if you slow it down before landing.

  4. Very springy gear? I teach in Birddogs. They aren't any more springy and in some cases less springy then other spring gear acft. Read what the second commentor said about the pilots experence (lots) and a situation which could've happened to anyone before armchair aviating your mouth open with your opinion.

  5. Be nice it’s a sad deal could happen to any of us.