Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Baker City Municipal Airport

Baker City, Oregon 97814
Friday, January 18, 2002 18:15 PDT

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
While en route on an IFR flight plan, the aircraft encountered ambient conditions that resulted in extensive ice accumulation on the airframe structure. Because the pilot was unable to maintain the required minimum altitude on the next leg of the flight, he elected to divert into a nearby airport. After getting below the overcast clouds, he shot a visual approach on a very dark night while looking through a partially ice-covered windshield. During the attempted landing, the pilot allowed the aircraft to contact the runway at a descent rate high enough to cause permanent structural damage to the aircraft's fuselage, and to permanently force the left main landing gear oleo strut to its fully compressed limit. The force of the impact also caused the tire support rim on the nose wheel to fracture into several pieces that were later recovered from the runway. After the rim separated from the main nose wheel drum, the drum portion of the wheel rolled along inside the tire. As the landing roll continued, the aircraft departed the runway and plowed through an 18 inch-high snow bank created by snow that had be removed from the runway. As the aircraft passed through the snow bank, the nose gear strut down-lock failed, and the nose gear was forced backwards and up into the wheel well. The collapse of the nose gear strut allowed the belly skin just aft of the nose gear well to come in contact with the snow bank, which resulted in the belly skin being pushed inward around the fuselage bulkheads.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The pilot's excessive descent rate at the time the aircraft came in contact with the runway during a night precautionary landing. Factors include extensive airframe ice accumulation, ice accumulation on the flight compartment windshield, ambient conditions conducive to airframe icing, a dark night, and a snow bank along the edge of the runway.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date1/18/2002 
Event Day of the WeekFriday 
Time of Event1815 
Event Time ZonePacific Daylight Time 
Event CityBaker City 
Event StateOREGON 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site97814 
Event Date Year2002 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude-- 
Event Location Longitude-- 
Event Location AirportBaker City Municipal 
Event Location Nearest Airport IDBKE 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles-- 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation3373 
Weather Briefing CompletenessFull 
Investigator's weather sourcePilot 
Time of the weather observation 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)-- 
Weather Observation Facility ID-- 
Elevation of weather observation facility-- 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)-- 
Time Zone of the weather observation-- 
Lighting ConditionsNight/Dark 
Lowest Ceiling Height7000 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height-- 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud Conditions-- 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingBroken 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)-- 
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)-- 
Visibility (Statute Miles)
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)-2 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)-- 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)-- 
Variable Wind Indicator-- 
Wind Speed (knots)-- 
Wind Velocity Indicator Calm 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots) -- 
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) -- 
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)12380 
NTSB Notification SourceFAA Operations Center  
NTSB Notification DateJan 18 2002 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time1910 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationDMS 
Date of most recent change to recordOct 24 2002 3:20PM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\MONR  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District OfficeBoise FSDO 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN1187G 
NTSB NumberSEA02LA034 
Missing Aircraft Indicator-- 
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedIFR 
Flight plan Was Activated?Yes 
DamageSubstantial 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameRockwell 
Aircraft Model500-S 
Aircraft Series Identifier-- 
Aircraft Serial Number3180 
Certified Max Gross Weight6750 
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 gearRetractable 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionAnnual 
Date of Last InspectionApr 12 2001 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection78 
Airframe Hours3498 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedNo 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameCXA Financial, Inc. 
Aircraft Owner Street Address1302 26th Ave NW 
Aircraft Owner CityGig Harbor 
Aircraft Owner StateWA 
Aircraft Owner CountryUSA  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode98335 
Operator is an individual?No 
Operator NameRichard W. Boehlke 
Operator Same as Owner?No 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?No 
Operator Street AddressOn File 
Operator CityGig Harbor 
Operator StateWA 
Operator CountryUSA  
Operator Zip code98335 
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 CodeTIW  
Departure CityTacoma 
Departure StateWA 
Departure CountryUSA 
Departure Time1610 
Departure Time ZonePST 
Destination Same as Local Flt-- 
Destination Airport CodeSUN  
Destination CityHailey 
Destination StateID 
Destination CountryUSA 
Specific Phase of FlightLanding - flare/touchdown 
Report sent to ICAO?No 
Evacuation occurredNo 
Date of most recent change to recordJul 15 2002 12:27PM 
User who most recently changed recordSTAM  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location30 
Runway Length5095 
Runway Width100 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--