NTSB Identification: CHI02LA054.
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Accident occurred Tuesday, December 18, 2001 in Nashville, MI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/28/2002
Aircraft: Cessna 182K, registration: N2607Q
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The pilot said he was flying home from Hastings, Michigan. He said he checked the wind sock at his farm runway and found it indicated a direct crosswind. The pilot said with a direct crosswind, he always lands on about a 350 degree heading. The pilot said he touched down in the middle of the field. The pilot said his field has a little rise at each end and that he had to add a little power to get on the far side of the rise. The pilot said his power was back, he had full flaps extended, he flared and landed. He said everything seemed normal. The pilot said, "But 100+ (plus) feet I feel I got a little tailwind and I locked my brakes, shut mags (magnetos) off and thought I would make it but didn't, plane landed nose down in bottom of 8' (feet) drainage ditch." An examination of the airplane revealed no anomalies. Just before the accident, the winds reported at Battle Creek, Michigan, 19 miles south-southwest of the accident site were 260 degrees at 10 knots.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: the pilot exceeding the proper touchdown point on the runway during the landing and his improper in-flight planning and decision. Factors relating to the accident were the pilot misjudging his speed and distance during the landing and the ditch. Full narrative available
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