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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 240775
Last updated: 1 September 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C185 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna A185
Registration: N550FK
C/n / msn: 18503229
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Hawley, MN -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Detroit Lakes, MN (DTL)
Destination airport:Hawley, MN (04Y)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that, while on the base leg, he decided to perform a three-point landing with "2 notches of flaps." During the landing flare, the pilot realized the airplane was a “bit high,” so he moved the flaps to the fourth notch to avoid bouncing during the landing. The tailwheel touched down first, and the airplane then bounced on its main landing gear and drifted right. The pilot attempted to correct by adding power and initiating a go-around, but the right main landing gear contacted a snowbank on the edge of the runway, and the airplane ground looped and then came to rest on its nose. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot's improper landing flare and touchdown, which resulted in a bounced landing and loss of directional control and the airplane's subsequent impact with a snowbank and ground loop during an attempted go-around.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 6 months
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

01-Sep-2020 16:53 ASN Update Bot Added

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