Accident Cessna 305A N305BD, Wednesday 14 January 2004
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Date:Wednesday 14 January 2004
Type:Silhouette image of generic O1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 305A
Registration: N305BD
MSN: 22761
Year of manufacture:1950
Total airframe hrs:7000 hours
Engine model:Continental O-470-11B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Casa Grande, AZ -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Blythe, CA (BLH)
Destination airport:Casa Grande, AZ (CGZ)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot lost directional control during landing. During the landing rollout, the airplane veered off the side of the runway, entered a sandy area adjacent to the runway and ground looped. At the time, the wind was nearly calm. The pilot had planned to touch down in a three-point configuration, but the airplane was not fully stalled. Upon touchdown it bounced about 1 foot into the air, and touched down again. Neither touchdown was hard. During the landing roll the pilot applied pressure to the rudder pedals in an effort at maintaining directional control. However, despite application of engine power and rudder pressure, his efforts were unsuccessful, and directional control was lost. During the subsequent airframe examination, one of the airplane's tail wheel rudder control springs was found broken.

Probable Cause: The failure of a tail wheel steering component (spring), which resulted in a loss of directional control and a ground loop during the landing roll. A contributing factor was the soft terrain adjacent to the runway.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: LAX04LA094
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

16-Feb-2015 18:10 Noro Added
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
07-Dec-2017 17:34 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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