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N2434C accident description

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Crash location Unknown
Nearest city Pacific City, OR
45.202326°N, 123.962895°W
Tail number N2434C
Accident date 15 Feb 2002
Aircraft type Cessna 180
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On February 15, 2002, at 1220 Pacific standard time, a Cessna 180, N2434C, nosed over during the landing roll at Pacific City State Airport, Pacific City, Oregon. The private pilot and his passenger were not injured, but the aircraft, which is owned and operated by the pilot, sustained substantial damage. The 14 CFR Part 91 pleasure flight, which departed McMinnville, Oregon, about 30 minutes earlier, was being operated in visual meteorological conditions. No flight plan had been filed. There was no report of an ELT activation.

According to the pilot, while he was on final, he could tell that there was a fairly constant crosswind of a little over 10 knots, accompanied by "...some light turbulence." When the aircraft was about 30 feet above the ground, the pilot felt "...the burble caused by the wind disturbed by buildings and trees, but no gusts." A few moments after touching down on the centerline of the 30 foot-wide runway, the aircraft was hit by "a strong gust of wind," and veered toward the right side of the runway. Although the pilot attempted to correct for the unfavorable wind conditions, his attempts to do so were not adequate, and the aircraft ultimately departed the right side of the runway. After leaving the runway surface, the aircraft encountered an adjacent swampy area and nosed over in about nine inches of water.

The pilot later stated that immediately after the accident, he realized that the openings between the buildings and trees had caused a "funnel effect," which resulted in limited areas of gusty winds across the runway surface.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's inadequate compensation for local wind conditions during the landing roll. Factors include unfavorable winds, and a swampy area adjacent to the runway.

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