Civil Air Patrol Pilot Stalls Plane; Causing Substantial Damage

Cessna 182R
Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182R, N9476X

By CFI Pilot | AuxBeacon News Contributor

[Editor’s Note: We received this from one of our reader’s. Thank you for your contribution. This Civil Air Patrol plane accident in Maryland Wing was caused by pilot error.]

Background

  • 21 July 2004, C-182 [N9476X] upgrade training and night currency sortie
  • CFII (43) and upgrade student (27)
  • Student had 9 hrs in C-182 with 25 takeoffs and landings
  • Night approach
  • Flared high and stalled
  • Hard landing, prop strike, gear bent
  • Substantial damage

Analysis
During an instructional flight with a certificated flight instructor for a night checkout, the private pilot flared “a little high,” and the airplane stalled about 20 feet above the runway. The airplane touched down hard on the runway, and came to rest upright.

Probable Cause
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The private pilot’s inadequate flare, and the CFI’s delayed remedial action, which resulted in an inadvertent stall/mush and hard landing. A factor related to the accident was the night conditions.

Findings
Occurrence #1: HARD LANDING
Phase of Operation: LANDING – FLARE/TOUCHDOWN

Findings
1. (F) LIGHT CONDITION – NIGHT
2. (C) FLARE – IMPROPER – PILOT IN COMMAND
3. (C) REMEDIAL ACTION – DELAYED – PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)
4. (C) AIRSPEED – INADEQUATE – PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)
5. STALL/MUSH – INADVERTENT – PILOT IN COMMAND

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