June 3, St. David, Ariz. / Cessna 182Q


At 08:15 MST, a Cessna 182Q crashed short of the runway at a private airstrip near St. David. The pilot and passenger suffered minor injuries. The pilot said he carried an extra 5 knots during final because of gusty winds. When he flared to land, the aircraft experienced a greater than normal sink rate. He tried to arrest the sink with pitch and power, but the aircraft touched down short of the runway, which sits 3 feet higher than the land surrounding it. When the aircraft touched down the nose gear struck that rise and was torn off. The aircraft flipped inverted.


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