National Transportation Safety Board
Aviation Accident Final Report

 

 

Location:

Coeur d'Alene, ID

Accident Number:

SEA01LA069

Date & Time:

03/27/2001, 0830 PST

Registration:

N2780X

Aircraft:

Cessna 180H

Aircraft Damage:

Substantial

Defining Event:

 

Injuries:

1 None

Flight Conducted Under:

Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis

The pilot reported that he performed an intersection takeoff from runway 23.  He indicated that the wind at the time was from 140 degrees at 10 knots, with gusts to 15 knots.  He stated that during the takeoff roll, he felt the tail raise, and aborted takeoff by "chopping power."  The pilot reported that the aircraft's left wingtip then hit and the aircraft went up on its nose, striking its propeller.  The pilot reported on his NTSB accident report that no mechanical failure or malfunction was involved in the accident.

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 aircraft control during the aborted takeoff.  A factor was gusty crosswinds.

Findings

 

Occurrence #1: DRAGGED WING,ROTOR,POD,FLOAT OR TAIL/SKID
Phase of Operation: TAKEOFF - ABORTED

Findings
1. (F) WEATHER CONDITION - CROSSWIND
2. (F) WEATHER CONDITION - GUSTS
3. (C) AIRCRAFT CONTROL - NOT MAINTAINED - PILOT IN COMMAND
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Occurrence #2: NOSE OVER
Phase of Operation: TAKEOFF

 

Factual Information

On March 27, 2001, about 0830 Pacific standard time, a Cessna 180H, N2780X, was substantially damaged in a ground loop and subsequent nose over during an aborted takeoff attempt from runway 23 at Coeur d'Alene Air Terminal, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.  The private pilot, who owned the aircraft and was its sole occupant at the time, was not injured in the accident.  Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed for the 14 CFR 91 local personal flight.

The pilot reported that he performed the takeoff from intersection D.  He indicated that the wind at the time was from 140 degrees at 10 knots, with gusts to 15 knots, and that he listened to the airport's Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS) prior to takeoff.  He stated that he "rolled with [aileron] & rudder correction to the left."  He stated that he felt the tail raise, and aborted takeoff by "chopping power."  The pilot reported that the aircraft's left wingtip then hit and the aircraft went up on its nose, striking its propeller.  The pilot reported on his NTSB accident report that no mechanical failure or malfunction was involved in the accident.

 

 

 

Pilot Information

Certificate:

Private

Age:

45, Male

Airplane Rating(s):

Single-engine Land

Seat Occupied:

Left

Other Aircraft Rating(s):

None

Restraint Used:

Seatbelt, Shoulder harness

Instrument Rating(s):

Airplane

Second Pilot Present:

No

Instructor Rating(s):

None

Toxicology Performed:

No

Medical Certification:

Class 2 Valid Medical--w/ waivers/lim.

Last FAA Medical Exam:

05/08/2000

Occupational Pilot:

 

Last Flight Review or Equivalent:

04/13/1999

Flight Time:

1236 hours (Total, all aircraft), 257 hours (Total, this make and model), 1236 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 23 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 17 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

 

 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:

Cessna

Registration:

N2780X

Model/Series:

180H

Aircraft Category:

Airplane

Year of Manufacture:

 

Amateur Built:

No

Airworthiness Certificate:

Normal

Serial Number:

18051580

Landing Gear Type:

Tailwheel

Seats:

4

Date/Type of Last Inspection:

02/16/2001, Annual

Certified Max Gross Wt.:

2800 lbs

Time Since Last Inspection:

22.8 Hours

Engines:

1 Reciprocating

Airframe Total Time:

8313.8 Hours

Engine Manufacturer:

Western Skyways

ELT:

Installed, not activated

Engine Model/Series:

O-470-R

Registered Owner:

On file

Rated Power:

230 hp

Operator:

On file

Operating Certificate(s) Held:

None

 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Visual Conditions

Condition of Light:

Day

Observation Facility, Elevation:

 

Distance from Accident Site:

 

Observation Time:

 

Direction from Accident Site:

 

Lowest Cloud Condition:

Clear

Visibility

10 Miles

Lowest Ceiling:

None

Visibility (RVR):

 

Wind Speed/Gusts:

10 knots / 15 knots

Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:

/

Wind Direction:

140°

Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:

/

Altimeter Setting:

 

Temperature/Dew Point:

4°C

Precipitation and Obscuration:

 

Departure Point:

Coeur d'Alene, ID (COE)

Type of Flight Plan Filed:

None

Destination:

 

Type of Clearance:

None

Departure Time:

0830 PST

Type of Airspace:

Class E

 

Airport Information

Airport:

Coeur d'Alene Air Terminal (COE)

Runway Surface Type:

Asphalt

Airport Elevation:

2318 ft

Runway Surface Condition:

Unknown

Runway Used:

23

IFR Approach:

None

Runway Length/Width:

7400 ft / 140 ft

VFR Approach/Landing:

None

 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries:

1 None

Aircraft Damage:

Substantial

Passenger Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Fire:

None

Ground Injuries:

N/A

Aircraft Explosion:

None

Total Injuries:

1 None

Latitude, Longitude:

 

 


 


Administrative Information

Investigator In Charge (IIC):

Gregg Nesemeier

Report Date:

10/17/2001

Additional Participating Persons:

Dave Purtill; FAA - Spokane FSDO; Spokane, WA

Publish Date:

 

Investigation Docket:

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