Aircraft: Cessna 185A, Taylorcraft. Injuries: None. Location: Madras, Ore. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: At the time of the accident, the ceiling was broken clouds at about 6,500 feet AGL, and visibility was more than 10 miles. The Cessna and a Taylorcraft were both on approach to the same runway.
The pilot of the Cessna was on the downwind leg of the traffic pattern. The pilot of the Taylorcraft was returning from a local area training flight and entered the downwind leg of the traffic pattern from a standard mid-field 45° entry.
The Cessna pilot was announcing his position on the common traffic advisory frequency during each segment of the pattern. The Taylorcraft did not have a radio.
The airplanes collided on short final. Just prior to impact, the pilot of the Taylorcraft saw the empennage of the Cessna beneath the left wing of his airplane. The propeller of the Taylorcraft hit the empennage of the Cessna. The Cessna pilot said he never saw the Taylorcraft, but heard a loud bang come from the aft end of his airplane at impact. Both pilots were able to land their airplanes.
Probable cause: The failure of both pilots to see and avoid the other airplane while in the traffic pattern to land, which resulted in a midair collision.
NTSB Identification: WPR11LA068B
This December 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.