Seat position leads to accident

Aircraft: Cessna 182. Injuries: None. Location: Meeker, Colo. Aircraft damage: Substantial.

What reportedly happened: The pilot was attempting to taxi to the runway. The airplane began to move left faster than the pilot wanted it to, so he attempted to apply right rudder, but the airplane did not respond. He then applied the right wheel brake, but the airplane did not stop. The airplane went into a snow bank on the edge of the airport parking ramp.

The pilot later told investigators that he probably did not have his seat positioned far enough forward for his legs to activate either the rudder pedals or the brake pedals to their full extent.

Probable cause: The pilot’s loss of directional control while taxiing due to his improper seat position.

NTSB Identification: CEN11CA170

This January 2011 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.


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