Preliminary Accident Reports

April 2004 Issue

January 14, Deer Park, Wash. / Cessna 185

At approximately 1000 Pacific time, the pilot of a Cessna 185 lost control during the landing roll at Deer Park Airport. Neither the pilot nor the flight instructor was injured. The pilot told investigators he had not flown a conventional gear aircraft in several years and wanted to be checked out by a qualified instructor. Prior to the accident flight he had received approximately 4 hours of dual instruction in the aircraft but did not yet feel comfortable in the airplane. The pilot made a wheel landing and the airplane veered, but the pilot “just lost it,” he reported. The aircraft struck a berm and a snow drift off the right side of the runway before flipping over and coming to rest inver...

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