Lack of brakes leads to runway collision

This February 2010 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.

Aircraft: FK1 STOL, Cessna 185. Injuries: None. Location: Dixie, Idaho. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The aircraft were flying as a flight of two. The Cessna was to land first. The Cessna pilot overflew the runway and requested that a friend on the ground check the condition of the snow-covered runway, which was reported as being in excellent condition, smooth and well-compacted. The Cessna 185 pilot landed and taxied to the end of the runway where he turned his airplane around and shut it down. The experimental FK1, which was equipped with skis instead of wheels, then landed. Ski-equipped airplanes do not have brakes. The pilot of the FK1 noted that the airplane was not slowing at the rate he expected. Because of a lack of rudder effectiveness, the FK1 veered uncontrollably to the left and struck the Cessna head on.

The FK1 pilot stated that landing on skis at an unfamiliar airport, with untried surface conditions and with an airplane near the rollout area, was not recommended.

Probable cause: The failure of the experimental FK1 pilot to maintain clearance from a parked airplane while landing.

For more information: NTSB Identification: WPR10LA155A




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