Accident Cessna 180A Skywagon N5281D,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 386713
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Date:Thursday 4 April 2024
Type:Silhouette image of generic C180 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 180A Skywagon
Owner/operator:Registration Pending
Registration: N5281D
MSN: 50179
Year of manufacture:1958
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Priest Lake USFS Airport (67S), Nordman, ID -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Sandpoint Airport, ID (KSZT)
Destination airport:Priest Lake USFS Airport, ID (67S)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
On April 4, 2024, at 1445 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 180A, N5281D, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Priest Lake USFS Airport (67S), Nordman, Idaho. The pilot and instructor were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, he purchased the tailwheel-equipped airplane a month prior to the accident and was undergoing a series of flight lessons with the instructor to satisfy a tailwheel insurance requirement.

The pilot stated that he conducted a power off approach to runway 16, and the airplane had a higher-than-normal sink rate. The instructor pulled back the control yoke, flared and the airplane touched down. The pilot and instructor both described the landing as firm, with a minimal short bounce and it was not excessively hard. During the bounce, the left main wheel assembly separated from the gear leg. As the left main landing gear leg contacted the grass, it separated from the airframe. Subsequently, the fuselage and left wing struck the ground, and the airplane came to rest upright.

Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the left wing was substantially damaged. The left main landing gear was separated just outboard of the gearbox mount structure, and the left main wheel and axle were separated from the gear leg. The left main landing gear leg, left axle, and attachment bolts were retained for further examination.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: 
Status: Preliminary report
Download report: Preliminary report



History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
13 May 2014 N5281D Bruce Lape 0 Nampa, Idaho sub
Gear collapse


Revision history:

17-Apr-2024 13:15 Captain Adam Added
23-Apr-2024 18:49 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Category, Accident report]

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