The pilot of the Cessna 182, accompanied by three passengers, was attempting to land at Bridgeport, Calif. The approach was normal, but when the plane was on final with full flaps deployed, the pilot noticed power lines prior to the runway.
He became fixated on clearing the power lines and lost track of the airplane’s speed.
The plane cleared the power lines, then descended rapidly. It hit the ground hard and bounced, then came down again on the nose wheel. It flipped over onto its back just short of the runway surface.
Three people sustained minor injuries, while one person was seriously hurt in the crash.
The NTSB determined the probable cause of the accident as the pilot’s distracted attention while on final approach, which resulted in his failure to maintain adequate airspeed and subsequent loss of aircraft control.
NTSB Identification: WPR13CA257
This June 2015 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.