Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Boardman Airport

Boardman, Oregon 97818
Friday, October 12, 2001 15:10 PDT

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
While en route to his destination the pilot discussed wind conditions with approach control, and then acquired the reported surface winds of 220 degrees at 18 knots gusting to 25 knots for the nearest reporting station to his destination. Upon arrival he executed an uneventful landing on runway 22 and then, as there was no parallel taxiway, back-taxied to the approach end of runway 22 to exit at the only taxiway available to the ramp. The pilot reported that while exiting the runway at a slow speed and with forward yoke and down aileron into the wind, a strong gust of wind caught the aircraft, rapidly swinging the nose of the aircraft to the right. During this maneuver the wind picked up the right wing and the left wingtip impacted the ground followed by the propeller. The aircraft then pivoted to an inverted position. Surface winds recorded approximately 17 minutes before the accident at stations surrounding the destination airport recorded winds from the south-southwest to west with speeds ranging from 16 to 24 knots and gusts up to 35 knots. A peak gust of 41 knots was recorded one hour and 17 minutes before the accident at a station about 42 nautical miles northeast of the site.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The pilot-in-command's inability to maintain control of the aircraft while taxiing from landing resulting in a nose over. Contributing factors were high winds, crosswind conditions during taxi, and gusty wind conditions.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date10/12/2001 
Event Day of the WeekFriday 
Time of Event1510 
Event Time ZonePacific Daylight Time 
Event CityBoardman 
Event StateOREGON 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site97818 
Event Date Year2001 
Event Date Month10 
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude-- 
Event Location Longitude-- 
Event Location AirportBoardman 
Event Location Nearest Airport IDOR33 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation390 
Weather Briefing CompletenessNot pertinent 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1453 Pacific Daylight Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)70 
Weather Observation Facility IDHRI 
Elevation of weather observation facility-- 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)28 
Time Zone of the weather observationPDT 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height-- 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height8000 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsScattered 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)-- 
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)-- 
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)18 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)230 
Variable Wind IndicatorWind direction could be determined 
Wind Speed (knots)20 
Wind Velocity Indicator -- 
Wind Gust IndicatorGusting 
Wind Gust (knots) 25 
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 30.04 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
Intensity of Precipitation-- 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryNone 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries-- 
On Ground, Minor Injuries-- 
On Ground, Serious Injuries-- 
Injury Total Fatal-- 
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All-- 
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)11908 
NTSB Notification SourceSEA FAA ROC  
NTSB Notification DateOct 13 2001 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time1600 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationDMS 
Date of most recent change to recordJun 18 2002 10:15AM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\MONR  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District OfficeHillsboro FSDO 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN18240 
NTSB NumberSEA02LA004 
Missing Aircraft Indicator-- 
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?No 
DamageSubstantial 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameCessna 
Aircraft Model150L 
Aircraft Series Identifier-- 
Aircraft Serial Number15073893 
Certified Max Gross Weight1600 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassU.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearFixed 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionAnnual 
Date of Last InspectionMay 17 2001 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection15.6 
Airframe Hours3508.2 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedNo 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameCheney, David 
Aircraft Owner Street Address-- 
Aircraft Owner CityWalla Walla 
Aircraft Owner StateWA 
Aircraft Owner CountryUSA  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode99362 
Operator is an individual?No 
Operator Name-- 
Operator Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Street Address-- 
Operator City-- 
Operator State-- 
Operator Country-- 
Operator Zip code-- 
Operator Code-- 
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?-- 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 Operation-- 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Personal 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventNo 
Departure Airport CodeS95  
Departure CityCollege Place 
Departure StateWA 
Departure CountryUSA 
Departure Time1320 
Departure Time ZonePDT 
Destination Same as Local Fltcrash at destination city 
Destination Airport CodeOR32 
Destination CityBoardman 
Destination StateOR 
Destination CountryUSA 
Specific Phase of FlightTaxi - from landing 
Report sent to ICAO?No 
Evacuation occurredNo 
Date of most recent change to recordMay 1 2002 5:07PM 
User who most recently changed recordSTAM  
Since inspection or accidentTime of Accident 
Event Location Runway Number and Location-- 
Runway Length-- 
Runway Width-- 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--