On July 30, 2006, about 1130 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 180J airplane, N42401, sustained substantial damage while landing at the Friedman Memorial Airport, Hailey, Idaho. The commercial pilot, the owner and operator of the airplane, and the one passenger aboard, were not injured. The airplane was being operated as a visual flight rules (VFR) cross-country flight under the provisions of Title 14 CFR Part 91 when the accident occurred. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. No flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from Stanley, Idaho, approximately 30 minutes prior to the accident. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
In a written report to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the pilot reported that during the landing rollout "a gust [of wind] came up and I lost directional control. I made the proper corrections but the aircraft was at the end of the landing phase and ground looped to the left."
The pilot reported that winds at the time of the accident were from 250 degrees at 15-20 knots and gusting.