Aircraft: Cessna 182. Injuries: 2 Fatal, 2 Serious. Location: Levelland, Texas. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The accident happened during a night VFR cross-country flight. The private pilot, who had approximately 550 hours, was attempting a straight-in approach to the uncontrolled airport. Weather conditions included a direct crosswind of 10 to 11 knots.
After touching down, the airplane began to veer toward the edge of the runway. The pilot attempted a go-around, but the airplane stalled and rolled to the left and the left wing hit the ground just off the runway’s edge. The airplane tumbled, coming to rest on its back in the grass. A surviving passenger said that the touchdown was very rough.
The post-accident examination did not detect any pre-impact anomalies with the airplane. The flight instructor who recommended the pilot for his private pilot check ride in 2007 said that he and two other flight instructors who taught the pilot had trouble teaching him to fly. The pilot failed his first check ride because he had trouble maintaining direction control during the landing flare, touchdown, and the landing roll. The CFI said that the pilot had bad hand-eye coordination, did not have quick reflexes, and could not think quickly. When the CFI was told that there was a 10 to 11 knot direct crosswind at the airport the night of the accident, he said that the pilot would have had trouble with that.
Probable cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain control of the airplane during a landing and subsequent go-around with a crosswind.
NTSB Identification: CEN11FA195
This February 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.