On June 6, 1996, about 1604 central daylight time, a Cessna 182, N5464B, registered to Just Say "Skydive", Inc., was substantially damaged on landing at a private airstrip named the Triple B Stolport, located about 3 miles east of Crestview, Florida. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight. The commercial-rated pilot was not injured and the pilot-rated passenger sustained minor injuries. The flight originated about 4 minutes earlier from the Bob Sikes Airport, Crestview, Florida. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
The pilot stated that he elected to land on runway 18 due to the prevailing winds at the departure airport. The flight entered the traffic pattern to land on the 1,600-foot grass runway with 40-foot-tall trees at the approach end of the runway. While on final approach with full flaps extended the airplane landed "firm" then bounced. The airplane was then landed in a nose high attitude and nosed over coming to rest with the nose landing gear separated. The pilot further stated that he had not landed at the airstrip before and has no experience flying into short runways.
Examination of the runway revealed a ground scar about 1 1/2 inches deep made from the nose landing gear located about 120 feet from the approach end of the runway. The nose landing gear was located about 250 feet from the approach end of the runway and a ground scar made from the nose section of the airplane started about 432 feet from the approach end of the runway and continued for 18 feet where the airplane came to rest.