SEA04CA171
SEA04CA171

On August 23, 2004, at approximately 1530 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 182P, N1316S, was substantially damaged when it nosed over during a landing attempt at Stark's Twin Oaks Airpark (7S3), Hillsboro, Oregon. The private pilot and his passenger received minor injuries. Twin Oaks Airpark Inc., of Hillsboro, Oregon, was operating the airplane under Title 14 CFR Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal cross-country flight that originated from Baker City, Oregon, approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes before the accident. A VFR flight plan had been filed.

The pilot said that he was returning from a cross-country flight and was attempting to land on runway 2 with a right-rear quartering tailwind (the pilot said the wind was out of the south at 10 to 15 knots). He said that he landed with full flaps, and "felt all 3 wheels touch the asphalt." The pilot said the airplane yawed to the right and he corrected the movement with left rudder. The airplane veered off the left side of the runway, into the grass, and nosed over. The airplane's vertical stabilizer and rudder were bent 45 degrees, and both wings were bent and wrinkled.

A witness, also a private pilot, said that the airplane "looked too high and too fast" on final. He said the airplane was lined up on the centerline, close to the numbers, but too fast. The witness said that "it looked like the mains never touched the asphalt." He said that the airplane came steady left with no corrections. "It was still floating when it got off the runway, the mains didn't touch until the grass, then it nosed up and over toward the right wing, the nose plowed through the dirt."

The pilot said that he passed his private pilot check ride on July 2, 2004; his private pilot license with assigned number was pending. Runway 2 has a 1.5 degree upslope grade; the runway is approved to land in either direction.

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