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2015 C-U206 FL Loss of Aircraft Control Non-Fatal Non-Fatal Single-Engine Titusville

C-U206 Non-Fatal Titusville, FL August 9, 2015

The pilot stated that he was conducting a skydiver “jump run”, and prior to letting the skydivers out the
radio squelch interrupter failed causing a constant static noise. After letting the skydivers out over the
airport the pilot set up the descent based on the winds acquired for the previous landing on runway 22.
As he circled for landing the manifold pressure indication “dropped off” to zero. The pilot was unsure if
he had a partial power loss or a gauge failure. He could not hear or feel the engine indications because of
the static noise on the radio squelch and descent profile, so he committed to a power off glide path for
his approach. The pilot stated that the airplanes approach speed was about 100 knots prior to the
threshold for landing. The airplane touched down beyond the threshold and as the pilot applied full
braking the airplane “ballooned” back into the air. The pilot attempted to stop the airplane but was
unsuccessful and exited the runway, coming to rest after colliding with a ditch.

Read the NTSB report

The pilot stated that he was conducting a skydiver “jump run”, and prior to letting the skydivers out the
radio squelch interrupter failed causing a constant static noise. After letting the skydivers out over the
airport the pilot set up the descent based on the winds acquired for the previous landing on runway 22.
As he circled for landing the manifold pressure indication “dropped off” to zero. The pilot was unsure if
he had a partial power loss or a gauge failure. He could not hear or feel the engine indications because of
the static noise on the radio squelch and descent profile, so he committed to a power off glide path for
his approach. The pilot stated that the airplanes approach speed was about 100 knots prior to the
threshold for landing. The airplane touched down beyond the threshold and as the pilot applied full
braking the airplane “ballooned” back into the air. The pilot attempted to stop the airplane but was
unsuccessful and exited the runway, coming to rest after colliding with a ditch.

Read the NTSB report

One reply on “C-U206 Non-Fatal Titusville, FL August 9, 2015”

This report makes me sick to my stomach. This was my old plane. A crash like this should never happen. It shows a lack of training and inexperience. Even if the pilot suspects the engine died, the procedure would be to completely shut everything down or maybe attempt a restart. at the very least do not land with a tailwind in the grass at 100 knots. This just shows that now matter how many loads we fly we still need to review our very basic procedures. Stay calm (remove your headphones maybe) and troubleshoot the problem.

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