NTSB Identification: WPR13CA257
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 02, 2013 in Bridgeport, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/19/2013
Aircraft: CESSNA 182P, registration: N21231
Injuries: 1 Serious,3 Minor.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that while he was on a normal approach with the flaps in the full extended position, he observed powerlines prior to the runway. He reported that he focused on clearing the powerlines and lost track of the airplane's speed. The airplane cleared the powerlines and, shortly after, the airplane descended rapidly. The airplane struck the ground hard and bounced before it impacted the ground a second time in a nose low attitude. The airplane flipped over and came to rest inverted just short of the runway surface. During the accident sequence, the airplane's wings and empennage were substantially damaged. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

The pilot's distracted attention while on final approach which resulted in his failure to maintain adequate airspeed and subsequent loss of aircraft control.

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