General Aviation Accident Bulletin, June 20, 2022

AVweb General Aviation Accident Bulletin is taken from the pages of our sister publication, Air safety magazine. All reports listed here are preliminary and include only the first factual findings on the accidents. You can read more about final probable cause on the NTSB website at www.ntsb.gov. Final reports appear about a year after the accident, although some take longer. Learn more about Air safety at www.aviationsafetymagazine.com.


March 8, 2022, Panama City, Florida.

Cessna 182Q Skylane

At 6:46 p.m. central time, the plane was destroyed when it was involved in a crash near Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP), in Panama City, Florida. The private pilot and the passenger were fatally injured. Instrumental conditions prevailed; the flight performed on an IFR flight plan.

After departing Michigan earlier in the day and making a refueling stop in Tennessee, the flight approached its destination around 6:30 p.m. and was cleared for the ILS Rwy 16 approach. later, the pilot reports being established on the localizer and is told to contact the tower. The tower controller provided local weather conditions, which included wind 150 degrees at six knots, visibility two statute miles in mist, and an overcast ceiling at 200 feet AGL. The controller then issues a landing clearance and switches on the runway lights. At this moment, the airplane’s trajectory began to deviate to the left and to the right of the final approach trajectory, with variations in altitude. At one point the controller said to the pilot, “One more thing, then I won’t transmit anymore. There are other airports nearby with better weather conditions. The pilot replied, “Okay; we will try this down to the minimum and go around if necessary. About 12 seconds later, ATC said, “It looks like you are drifting a little to the right”, then repeated, “It looks like you are drifting well to the right”. There were no further communications from the pilot. Review of ADS-B data revealed that the last ADS-B data point recorded the aircraft at 75 feet MSL, at a ground speed of 144 knots, with a ground track of 130 degrees. The accident site was 1.55 NM from the runway threshold.


March 9, 2022, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Honda Jet HA-420

The plane was substantially damaged around 8:27 a.m. Eastern Time when its crew lost control after landing on a snowy runway. The two pilots and one passenger were not injured. Instrument conditions prevailed for the FAR Part 135 air taxi flight.

The training captain was flying with the first officer on the sixth day of the first officer’s initial operating experience, during which the first officer was the pilot flying. According to the flight crew, they inquired about conditions at destination before takeoff. The training captain said he did not recall hearing any remarks on the ATIS regarding runway braking or reports of surface contamination, although he did note remarks about contamination taxiways and aprons.

While checking with the approach controller, the flight was informed that snow plows were on the runway. He “never anticipated runway contamination” and the crew based their landing distance calculations on a wet runway. The captain recalled feeling “faster than normal” when the plane touched down and quickly called for maximum braking. The aircraft skidded sideways, left the end of the runway, and traveled tail-first over the edge of a steep grade, coming to rest in the trees. The pilots and passenger evacuated through the main cabin door. The fuselage and wings sustained significant damage.

Weather conditions at the time included visibility of ½ statute mile, light snow and an overcast ceiling at 400 feet. The airport ATIS was reporting a “good” brake action report by a Pilatus at 07:55 and a Notam in field condition reporting 10% runway coverage with 0.125 inches of slush on the runway .


March 10, 2022, McGrath, Alaska

Cessna 310R

At approximately 2:30 p.m. Alaska time, the aircraft was substantially damaged when its right main landing gear collapsed while taxiing. The pilot and three passengers were not injured. Visual conditions prevailed.

The pilot carried out a back-rolled to the departure end of runway 16. Arrived at the end of the runway, turned towards the airplane to align it with the take-off runway. As he initiated the turn, the right main landing gear collapsed and the wing and propeller both touched the runway. The accident pilot, who was also a certified mechanic, said the retraction lug on the gear trunnion separated and a bolt sheared off, allowing the gear lock arm to fold back and the landing gear to retract inboard on the landing gear door.


March 11, 2022, Bay Minette, Alabama.

Grumman AA-1 Yankee mower

The aircraft was substantially damaged around 2:30 a.m. Central Time in unknown circumstances. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. Instrumental conditions prevailed; an IFR clearance was not obtained.

According to a family member, the pilot had purchased the plane about six months previously and had not flown it. He left his residence around 12:30 a.m. and drove to the aircraft base to rev his engine and taxi around the airport property. At 1:09 p.m., a US Coast Guard helicopter on a training flight observed an aircraft west of a taxiway. The aircraft overturned in the grass, 130 feet from the west end of the taxiway. Tire marks corresponding to the braking of the left and right main landing gear were observed on the taxiway up to the edge of the runway.


March 11, 2022, Minot, North Dakota

Cirrus SR22T design

At approximately 4:05 p.m. central time, the aircraft sustained substantial damage during an off-field landing following an engine failure. The pilot and passenger were not injured. Visual conditions prevailed.

About 50 miles from the pilot’s destination, the engine began to run rough. The pilot continued and attempted to fix the engine problem. At about 10 to 15 miles, the #6 engine cylinder temperature began to rise and the engine continued to run poorly. Cylinder #6 then fell off line, followed by cylinders #4 and #2. The engine was still running, but the pilot could not maintain altitude, so he elected to execute an emergency landing in a field. The aircraft came to rest upright with its nose gear collapsed in a snowy field approximately two miles from destination.


This article originally appeared in the June 2022 issue of Air safety magazine.

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